Metro Mining’s flagship project, The Bauxite Hills Mine, is located 95kms north of Weipa on Western Cape York where the company holds a total tenement package covering approximately 1,900 square kilometres.
The Bauxite Hills Mine, alone, has an estimated ore Reserve of 101.5Mt and total Resources of 131.2Mt
Mining operations commenced in April 2018. In its first year of operations, Metro achieved production guidance and shipped just over 2Mt to five different Chinese companies.
In 2019, Metro expanded the mine’s 2019 calendar year production from 3.0Mtpa to 3.5Mpa and, reached the upper end of Production Guidance by shipping 3.5Mt that year.
Metro has completed a DFS for Stage 2 Expansion of Annual Production to 6.0Mtpa.
The Bauxite Hills Mine employs over 300 people and in 2022 exceeded its Traditional Owner employment target of 30% and maintained an indigenous workforce of 35%.
Simple Mining Operation
- Mining operations are undertaken only in the dry season, which is notionally an 9 month period from April to December.
- Free-dig bauxite is mined by front-end loaders, trucked to a port infrastructure area, screened to a max product size of 100mm and fed onto the Barge Loading Facility and into barges.
- Barges are towed down the Skardon River to an anchorage point at sea where the bauxite is transhipped to freight vessels.