At the request of Traditional Owners, the South of Embley Boyd project will be known as Amrun, a Wik-Waya language name for the area. The Amrun project will extend mining activities on part of Rio Tinto’s existing lease south of the Embley River, between Weipa and Aurukun. The Amrun project includes the construction of a range of infrastructure required to support mining including a processing plant and port near Boyd Bay, a dam, tailings storage facility, roads and a ferry terminal on the Hey River to transport workers from Weipa to the mine.
Rio Tinto owns and operates the Argyle diamond mine in the remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced more than 800 million carats of rough diamonds. It is one of the world's largest supplier of diamonds and the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds.
Bell Bay Aluminium
Bell Bay Aluminium is situated on the mouth of the Tamar River, approximately five kilometres from George Town and 45 kilometres from the city of Launceston. Bell Bay Aluminium has been in operation since 1955 and was the first aluminium smelter built in the southern hemisphere. The smelter produces around 180,000 tonnes of aluminium each year and operates 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Its main metal products are ingot, rolling block and T-bar.
Boyne Smelters Limited
Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL) is the largest aluminium smelter in Australia. Located approximately 20 kilometres south of Gladstone at Boyne Island on the Central Queensland coast, BSL produces in excess of 570,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum.
A joint venture between Rio Tinto (68 per cent), Marubeni Corporation (22 per cent) and Sojitz (10 per cent), Dampier Salt Limited (DSL) is located in the hot, dry climate of northern Western Australia.
Energy Resources of Australia Ltd is Australia’s longest continually-operating uranium mine and one of the country’s largest uranium producers. Uranium has been mined at Ranger for more than three decades and it is one of only three mines in the world to have produced in excess of 120,000 tonnes of uranium oxide.
Gladstone Power Station
The Gladstone Power Station is operated by NRG Gladstone Operating Services, and contributes 1,680 megawatts (6 x 280) of capacity to the Queensland power grid. We own 42.125 per cent of the station along with NRG Energy Inc (37.5 per cent), Southern Cross GPS Pty Ltd (8.25 per cent), Ryowa II GPS II Ltd (7.125 per cent) and YKK GPS (Qld) Pty Ltd (4.75 per cent).
Gove Operations Bauxite Mine Alumina Refinery
Our Gove Operation is located on the Gove Peninsula in North East Arnhem land in the Northern Territory. It is situated on extensive deposits of high grade bauxite, a burnished red ore with high aluminium oxide content. Bauxite mining began in 1970 to supply the export market. Gove produced 6,528,000 million tonnes of bauxite in 2014. Alumina production was curtailed in 2014 and the refinery is being put under care and maintenance.
HIsmelt®, short for high-intensity smelting, is the world's first commercial direct smelting process. It produces premium quality pig iron directly from iron ore. HIsmelt technology brings many advantages to the steelmaking industry, such as lower operating costs, lower capital intensity, lower environmental impact, and greater raw material and operational flexibility.
Our Pilbara operations – including a world-class, integrated network of 15 iron ore mines, four port facilities, a 1,700 kilometre rail network and related infrastructure – are designed to respond rapidly to changes in demand, supported by our Operations Centre in Perth. We’re expanding our operations in the Pilbara to epic proportions while introducing next generation technologies to deliver greater efficiency, lower production costs and improved health, safety and environmental performance.
Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) was commissioned in 1967 with an annual capacity of 3,950,000 tonnes of alumina.
Rio Tinto Coal Australia is one of Australia's leading mining organisations with a highly successful record in developing and managing world-class coal operations. It is a wholly-owned member of the Rio Tinto Group. Rio Tinto Coal Australia produces both thermal and coking coal from our five operations – in the Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Queensland's Bowen Basin – for international export. In Queensland, the company operates the Hail Creek and Kestrel mines. In New South Wales, Rio Tinto Coal Australia manages Coal & Allied’s operations at Mount Thorley Warkworth, Hunter Valley Operations and Bengalla.
Part of the Hunter Region for more than 30 years, Tomago Aluminium is located some 13 kilometres north-west of Newcastle. The smelter produces approximately 550,000 tonnes of remelt ingot, T-ingot, extrusion billet and rolling slab per year. We own 51.55 per cent Tomago along with Gove Aluminium Finance Ltd (36.05 per cent) and Hydro Aluminium (12.40 per cent).
We own and operate the Weipa bauxite mine on western Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia. The mine produces 26 million tonnes of bauxite annually.
Our world class Yarwun alumina refinery is situated ten kilometres north-west of Gladstone in central Queensland. Construction began in 2002 and the first shipment of alumina was made in late 2004. The refinery was the first greenfield refinery to be built in the western world in 20 years.