Construction at the Bauxite Hills mine on Cape York is on schedule and expected to be completed at the end of 2017 according to a progress report released by Metro Mining today.
Collinsville-based SAB Mining is undertaking civil works to clear the port and approved barge loading facility (BLF) areas for the operation, about 100km north-north-east of Weipa.
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.
The $35.8 million Bauxite Hills project is expected to employ up to 200 people when operational.
Metro Mining managing director Simon Finnis said this week that first production remained on track for the second quarter of 2018.