New refinery to export first alumina shipment
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
AFTER three years of construction the Comalco Alumina Refinery is expected to export its first shipment within the next two weeks.
The Comalco Alumina Refinery (CAR) yesterday announced exclusively to The Observer that construction had officially been completed.
They also announced that the first load of alumina produced at the plant would be exported to China.
The announcement comes earlier than expected with the plant completed and producing alumina three months ahead of schedule.
The refinery has now produced 37,000 tonnes of alumina with a 20,000 tonne shipment scheduled for China by the end of the month.
CAR general manager of operations Trevor Peters (pictured right) has been part of the CAR project since it was announced in 2001 and said he was proud of the milestone.
'In a way I'm like a proud father when I look at where the project has come over the past three years,' Mr Peters said.
'I stood here on the site when nothing had been touched and to see it now and where we are, I'm just delighted.'
Mr Peters said the completion of construction meant operations staff would now take the reins.
'We can now say it's (construction) is 100 per cent complete,'' Mr Peters said.
'Now we move into the operations mode and starting ramping up the plant for production.'