History of Alcoa in Australia


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1961 June: Alumina Refinery Agreement Act ratified by the Western Australian government and Alcoa is granted its bauxite lease.

Dec: Construction began at the Kwinana Alumina Refinery and Point Henry Aluminium Smelter

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1963 Feb: Official opening of the Kwinana Alumina Refinery

April: First ingot is poured at Point Henry using US sourced alumina

July: Official opening of the Jarrahdale Bauxite Mine

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1964 Feb: First export shipment of Kwinana alumina to Japan on the Lake Sorrell

July: First export shipment of aluminium ingot from Point Henry
1965 April: Point Henry Rolling Mill began operating

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1969 March: Anglesea Power Station officially opened to supply power to Point Henry

Dec: Began construction of the Pinjarra Alumina Refinery

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1972 Jan: Bauxite mining begins at Del Park

May: Pinjarra Alumina Refinery is commissioned

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1976 Bauxite mining begins at Huntly Bauxite Mine

Pinjarra Alumina Refinery expanded to five units

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1979 Jan: Began construction of the Wagerup Alumina Refinery

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1980 Construction of the Portland Aluminium Smelter begins but is postponed until 1982

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1981 Alcoa underwrites the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline and the Kwinana and Pinjarra refineries switch their powerhouses to clean and efficient gas

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1984 Feb: Wagerup Alumina Refinery is commissioned

Bauxite mining begins at Willowdale Bauxite Mine

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1986 Feb: Alcoa ships 50 millionth tonne of alumina

Oct: First aluminium produced at Portland Aluminium Smelter

CITIC becomes Alcoa's partner in Portland, joined by the Marubeni Corporation in 1992

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1988 Oct: Began operations at Hedges Gold

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1990 June: Alcoa becomes the first mining company in the world to receive a United nations Award for Environmental Excellence

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1991 Mining ends at Del Park

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1995 July: Alcoa ships 100 millionth tonne of alumina

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1996 Dec: Alcoa Kaal Australia is formed (now known as Alcoa Australia Rolled Products)

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1997 April: Relocated corporate office from Melbourne to Perth

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1998 Dec: Mining ends at Jarrahdale Bauxite Mine and rehabilitation begins

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1999 Feb: Last gold pour at Hedge Gold Mine

June: Completed expansion at Wagerup

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2000 April: Alcoa Inc listed on the Australian Stock Exchange

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2001 Rehabilitation of Jarrahdale Bauxite Mine is completed and site is officially closed

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2004 McCoy bauxite mine operations commissioned at Huntly

Alcoa joined Alinta Ltd and DUET to purchase the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline

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2006 April: 1st cogeneration power plant at Pinjarra Alumina Refinery commissioned

Sept: Approval for expansion at the Wagerup Alumina Refinery

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2007 Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade completed

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2008 Work suspended on the proposed expansion of the Wagerup Refinery (Wagerup 3) until market conditions improve

Alcoa Anglesea Coal Mine celebrates its 40th birthday

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2009 Wagerup Refinery and Willowdale Mine celebrate 25 years of operation

Anglesea Power Station celebrates 40th anniversary