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An excavator loads a truck with bauxite
An excavator loads a truck with bauxite

Bauxite is off loaded into the crusher
Bauxite is off loaded into the crusher

A bauxite mining area
A bauxite mining area

Bauxite arrives at the Pinjarra alumina refinery
Bauxite arrives at the Pinjarra alumina refinery

Alcoa's Wagerup refinery
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery

Alcoa has partnered Alinta Limited
Alcoa has partnered Alinta Limited

The Portland Aluminium smelter
The Portland Aluminium smelter

Alcoa is Victoria's largest single exporter
Alcoa is Victoria's largest single exporter

Reducing vehicle weight
Reducing vehicle weight

Levelling banks
Levelling banks

A conveyor carries bauxite
A conveyor carries bauxite

Anglesea Power Station in Victoria
Anglesea Power Station in Victoria

The Pinjarra alumina refinery
The Pinjarra alumina refinery

Pinjarra refinery
Pinjarra refinery

Following the refining process
Following the refining process

Rehab
Rehab

Alcoa Australia Rolled Products
Alcoa Australia Rolled Products

A lightweight metal that is endlessly recyclable
A lightweight metal that is endlessly recyclable

A truck loaded with bauxite
A truck loaded with bauxite

Alcoa scientists monitor
Alcoa scientists monitor

Successful rehab of mined areas
Successful rehab of mined areas

Alcoa's Kwinana refinery
Alcoa's Kwinana refinery

Alcoa's Point Henry smelter
Alcoa's Point Henry smelter

Portland and Point Henry smelters
Portland and Point Henry smelters

The Alcoa Australia Rolled Products recycling facility
The Alcoa Australia Rolled Products recycling facility

Aluminium is endlessly recyclable
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable




An excavator loads a truck with bauxite
An excavator loads a truck with bauxite
An excavator loads a truck with bauxite at Huntly, Western Australia - the world's largest bauxite mine.
Bauxite is off loaded into the crusher
Bauxite is off loaded into the crusher
Bauxite is off loaded into the crusher where it is crushed ready for travelling via the conveyor to the refineries for processing.
A bauxite mining area
A bauxite mining area
A bauxite mining area near the South Dandalup dam in 1980.
Bauxite arrives at the Pinjarra alumina refinery
Bauxite arrives at the Pinjarra alumina refinery
Bauxite arrives at the Pinjarra alumina refinery via the conveyor and is stockpiled for processing.
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery in the south west of Western Australia was commissioned in 1984 and today produces around 2.6 million tonnes of alumina per annum. The Wagerup refinery employs 630 people, more than 85% of whom live in the local region.
Alcoa has partnered Alinta Limited
Alcoa has partnered Alinta Limited
Alcoa has partnered Alinta Limited to develop cogeneration plants at our refineries in Western Australia. A year's electricity from each cogeneration unit saves around 450,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions compared to a similar sized coal fired plant - equivalent to taking 112,000 cars off the road.
The Portland Aluminium smelter
The Portland Aluminium smelter
The Portland Aluminium smelter in south west Victoria is known as the 'Smelter in the Park' and recognised worldwide as a benchmark for industrial and environmental harmony.
Alcoa is Victoria's largest single exporter
Alcoa is Victoria's largest single exporter
Alcoa is Victoria's largest single exporter, accounting for around 6% of the state’s merchandise exports. 70% of the aluminium produced by Alcoa in Victoria is exported overseas.
Reducing vehicle weight
Reducing vehicle weight
In all areas of transport aluminium is reducing fuel consumption and greenhouse emissions by reducing vehicle weight. An aluminium component is 40-50% lighter than an equivalent steel component and every 10% reduction in weight produces a 6-8% reduction in fuel consumption.
Levelling banks
Levelling banks
Levelling banks of the bauxite mine pit at McCoy project -Huntly mine Western Australia.
A conveyor carries bauxite
A conveyor carries bauxite
A conveyor carries bauxite from the Huntly mine throughthe Darling Range in Western Australia to the Pinjarra alumina refinery.
Anglesea Power Station in Victoria
Anglesea Power Station in Victoria
Anglesea Power Station in Victoria began operating in 1969. Today, the plant employs approximately 80 people and supplies more than 40 percent of the power required by the Point Henry smelter.
The Pinjarra alumina refinery
The Pinjarra alumina refinery
The Pinjarra alumina refinery is located 86km south of Perth at the foot of the Darling Scarp. The refinery provides employment for more than 1100 people, more than 65% of whom have worked with Alcoa for 10 years or more.
Pinjarra refinery
Pinjarra refinery
Pinjarra refinery has a production capacity of about 4.2 million tonnes per year, making it one of the world's biggest alumina refinery.
Following the refining process
Following the refining process
Following the refining process, alumina is shipped from dedicated port facilities at Kwinana and Bunbury to Alcoa's smelters in Victoria and overseas customers.
Rehab
Rehab
By 2001, rehabilitation is becoming difficult to distinguish from the surrounding forest.
Alcoa Australia Rolled Products
Alcoa Australia Rolled Products
Alcoa Australia Rolled Products operates two rolling mills at Point Henry near Geelong in Victoria and Yennora in Western Sydney, NSW. Alcoa ARP is the largest supplier of aluminium rolled products to the Australian market.
A lightweight metal that is endlessly recyclable
A lightweight metal that is endlessly recyclable
As a lightweight metal that is endlessly recyclable, aluminium plays a key role in our everyday lives. Aluminium is used in everything from light bulbs and TV antennae to boats , cars and space shuttles. One tonne of aluminium could make more than 60,000 soft drink cans or the frames for seven full size cars.
A truck loaded with bauxite
A truck loaded with bauxite
A truck loaded with bauxite travels back to the crusher at Huntly mine, Western Australia.
Alcoa scientists monitor
Alcoa scientists monitor
Alcoa environmental scientists monitor a rehabilitated mined area at Huntly. Alcoa was the first company to return 100% species diversity in mined areas.
Successful rehab of mined areas
Successful rehab of mined areas
Today visitors to Alcoa's mining operations in the south west of Western Australia can view successfully rehabilitated mined areas from a spectacular lookout point.
Alcoa's Kwinana refinery
Alcoa's Kwinana refinery
Alcoa's Kwinana refinery has been a major contributor to Western Australia since 1963. Around 2.2 million tonnes of alumina are produced at the refinery each year - enough to make 15,000 jumbo jets or 74 billion recyclable drink cans.
Alcoa's Point Henry smelter
Alcoa's Point Henry smelter
Alcoa's Point Henry smelter near Geelong in Victoria was established in 1963 and produces 190,000 tonnes of aluminium each year.
Portland and Point Henry smelters
Portland and Point Henry smelters
Alcoa produces around 546,000 tonnes of aluminium per year at the Portland and Point Henry smelters representing around 30 percent of Australia's aluminium production.
The Alcoa Australia Rolled Products recycling facility
The Alcoa Australia Rolled Products recycling facility
The Alcoa Australia Rolled Products recycling facility at Yennora in Western Sydney is the largest of its kind in Australia and recycles approximately 70,000 tonnes of scrap aluminium each year.
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable
Aluminium is endlessly recyclable and two thirds of the aluminium produced since 1886 is still in use today. In Australia Alcoa recycles around half a billion aluminium cans each year. Recycling only uses 5% of the energy needed to make new metal.