Ship unloading and material handling
 
To produce aluminium, the Point Henry smelter requires shipments of alumina, alumina fluoride, calcined petroleum coke and liquid pitch. 
 
Point Henry receives approximately 380,000 tonnes of alumina per year, which is transported to the smelter by ship from Western Australia.  The alumina is unloaded from the ship and then transported along a conveyor belt to four large tanks where is it stored until needed.
 
Aluminium fluoride, which is used in the smelting process to dissolve the alumina, arrives by ship from the USA. The aluminium fluoride is unloaded and transported by conveyor belt into a dedicated storage tank.

Petroleum coke and liquid pitch are used in the anode production process. Petroleum coke is imported from both the USA and China and is stored across six storage tanks.  Pitch arrives at Point Henry in liquid form from Portland, with the main depot located in New South Wales. As this material needs to remain in liquid form, it is stored in a purpose-built, heated tank.


A ship at the Point Henry pier

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Alumina being unloaded at the Point Henry pier

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