Alcoa’s Pinjarra alumina refinery is located 6 kilometres east of the rural town of Pinjarra, about 90 kilometres south of Perth. It is situated in the Shire of Murray in the Peel Region of Western Australia’s South West. Pinjarra is one of the most successful and cost efficient alumina refineries in the world and currently produces about 7 per cent of the world’s alumina.
 
The Western Australian Government awarded environmental approval for the Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade to proceed on 6 February 2004, subject to stringent environmental conditions.
 
This allows the Pinjarra refinery to:
  • upgrade its existing equipment with best-practice technology;
  • install new emissions control technology, and
  • increase its alumina production at Pinjarra by 17 per cent (an extra 660,000 tonnes per year).
 
This extra production will increase export revenue by up to $160 million per annum and boost Alcoa’s $1.1 billion annual financial contribution to local communities.
 
Works approval was subsequently gained on 19 April 2004 enabling the official start of the construction process of the $550 million Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade.
 
The beginning of the construction phase was marked by a soil turning ceremony, involving State Development Minister Clive Brown, on 24 June 2004.
 
Extra Jobs
 
More than 1,000 jobs have been created during the construction phase, which is expected to be completed in early 2006. The Efficiency Upgrade will increase Pinjarra’s annual production to 4.2million tonnes of alumina per year, with significant savings in production costs.
 
Federal Industry, Tourism and Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane toured the Pinjarra Refinery in July 2004, to be brought up to date with progress on the Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade construction.
 
Local contracts
 
Suppliers in the Peel and South West region have reaped the benefit of nearly $20 million through direct and indirect contracts awarded through the Efficiency Upgrade.
 
Improved Environmental Outcomes
 
World best practice air emissions management, incorporated in the Efficiency Upgrade, will reduce total atmospheric emissions from the refinery.
 
Positive environmental outcomes will include:
  • a reduction in volatile organic compounds and particulates,
  • lower greenhouse gas emission intensity,
  • a reduction in residue dust and
  • better conservation of high quality water.
 
Current Market Opportunity
 
Continued growth in the aluminium market has generated high demand for quality alumina. As a low cost producer with secure access to bauxite reserves, the Pinjarra refinery is well placed to capture this future market opportunity and to enhance WA’s position as the world’s leading alumina producer.
 
Alcoa World Alumina Australia is the global leader in alumina production and Australia’s sixth largest resources sector exporter. Alcoa is an integrated business comprised of bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting, rolling and canned sheet products, with operations in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia.
 
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State Development Minister Clive Brown marks the start of the Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade



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Federal Minister Ian Macfarlane views the construction with Alcoa Managing Director Wayne Osborn