History of Alcoa in Australia

 

1961

 


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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

1963

 


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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

1964

 


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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

 

1969

 


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

Dec: Began construction of the Pinjarra Alumina Refinery

1972

 


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Jan: Bauxite mining begins at Del Park

May: Pinjarra Alumina Refinery is commissioned

1976

 


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Bauxite mining begins at Huntly Bauxite Mine

Pinjarra Alumina Refinery expanded to five units

1979

 


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Jan: Began construction of the Wagerup Alumina Refinery

1980

 


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

1981

 


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

1984

 


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Feb: Wagerup Alumina Refinery is commissioned

Bauxite mining begins at Willowdale Bauxite Mine

1986

 


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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

1988

 


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Oct: Began operations at Hedges Gold

1990

 


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

1991

 


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Mining ends at Del Park

1995

 


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July: Alcoa ships 100 millionth tonne of alumina

1996

 


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

1997

 


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April: Relocated corporate office from Melbourne to Perth

1998

 


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Dec: Mining ends at Jarrahdale Bauxite Mine and rehabilitation begins

1999

 


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Feb: Last gold pour at Hedge Gold Mine

June: Completed expansion at Wagerup

2000

 


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April: Alcoa Inc listed on the Australian Stock Exchange

2001

 


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

2004

 


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McCoy bauxite mine operations commissioned at Huntly

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

2006

 


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

Sept: Approval for expansion at the Wagerup Alumina Refinery

2007

 


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Pinjarra Efficiency Upgrade completed

2008

 


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

Alcoa Anglesea Coal Mine celebrates its 40th birthday

2009

 


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Wagerup Refinery and Willowdale Mine celebrate 25 years of operation

Anglesea Power Station celebrates 40th anniversary

2012

 


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Pinjarra Refinery celebrates 40 years of operation

               

Alcoa celebrates 30 year partnership with Greening Australia

2013

 


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Alcoa of Australia Ltd, Mining Operations, Kwinana Refinery and Point Henry Smelter celebrate 50 years of operation