Another Cape York bauxite export project is moving closer to fruition with Australian Government environmental approval achieved for Metallica Minerals’ Urquhart development.
Urquhart is a high-grade pisolitic bauxite deposit located only 5 km southwest of Weipa in Queensland, and is forecast to produce 1.5-2 Mtpa for Chinese buyers. Metallica expects Urquhart to be a particularly low-cost enterprise, due to a joint venture with neighbouring Green Coast Resources to share bauxite logistics services, including GCR’s barge load-out and transhipment facilities at Hey Point, 15 km from Urquhart.
Metallica is now awaiting Queensland state government mining and environmental approvals for the lease, while progressing a separate approval for the haul road linking Urquhart to the established port infrastructure at Hey Point.
Meanwhile, the revival of Australian Bauxite Limited’s (ABL) Bald Hill, Tasmania mine has continued, with a repeat customer committing to 33,000t of cement-grade bauxite for September shipment. ABL said it had some 190,000t of bauxite stockpiled, and would soon begin blending for a further 45,000t potential sale.
ABL has also completed bulk mining and processing trials at its next site, Fingal Rail, which is estimated to hold a resource of 6.3 Mt