Bauxite Hills forges ahead
The $35.8 million project, expected to employ up to 200 people when it goes into production, hit a milestone this week when the three mining leases for the operation were granted.
Metro Mining managing director Simon Finnis said granting of the mining leases continued Metro’s development momentum for Bauxite Hills mine, with first production remaining on track for the second quarter of 2018.
Pre-approved construction had already started on site, where Collinsville-based SAB Mining is undertaking civil works to clear the port and approved barge loading facility (BLF).
Additional civil works including upgrading the existing roads and sediment dam works are also in progress.
The barge loading facility conveyor system, designed by Process 26, is being fabricated in Cairns by CSF Steel Fabricators and is scheduled to be shipped to in mid-September.
Foreshore Marine has installed the tidal gauge and cyclone moorings in the Skardon River and is currently preparing to install jetty piles and headstocks at the Port of Skardon.
A temporary concrete batch plant has been set up on site to provide concrete for the BLF and other structures.
Metro’s site environmental officer has commenced duties on site and will oversee construction activities, commence operations readiness preparation, and has taken over monitoring activities from contractors.
Metro said it had entered into an agreement with Falck for the provision of a paramedic and medical supplies at Bauxite Hills. A paramedic is on site with essential medical equipment and an ambulance. A dedicated safety officer is also on site to oversee marine works.