- By Ross Louthean
Queensland’s direct bauxite exporter Metro Mining is getting back to the sound production performance it achieved late last year.
The company’s June quarter report showed a lift in bauxite mined and shipped in the month of June after a disappointing performance in April and May, not helped by swell conditions if far north Queensland for ship-loading.
In June Metro shipped to China 374,000 tonnes of bauxite compared to 311,000t in May and 151,000t in April.
The company said: “Metro is confident of maintaining these levels throughout the year and remains on track to meet its production and shipping guidance of (between) 3.3-3.5 wet million tonnes (for the operating year).
Managing director Simon Finis said while it was a challenging start to the quarter the site team and contract partners responded to resolving issues as they arose.
“All aspects of the operation have finished the quarter performing strongly, and we have laid the groundwork to meet our current production guidance.”
The company mines the Bauxite Hills deposit, north of Weipa on Cape York. Last year Metro Mining won the Emerging Company Award at the Diggers & Dealers Forum in Kalgoorlie – Australia’s largest mining conference.
The company will present again at this year’s conference which is expected to attract at least 2,300 delegates, including about 80 media representatives including IQ Industry Queensland.