Alcoa Australia has been operating in the south-west of Western Australia since 1963.
Our two bauxite mines (Huntly and Willowdale) and three alumina refineries (Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup) are among the world’s best operations of their kind and add considerable value to the national, state and local economy.
Our WA operations produce nearly 50 per cent of Australia's alumina and directly employ some 4000 people.
As part of our desire to keep adding value to Western Australia and meet contemporary expectations, we are currently undertaking an extensive and transparent environmental impact assessment under State and Commonwealth environment legislation to:
- Transition our Huntly mine operations to new mine regions; and
- Increase production at the Pinjarra Refinery by 5 per cent, which requires the development of water storage ponds and associated borrow pits.
The Proposal will undergo the highest assessment level – being a Public Environmental Review. This will include a 10-week public comment period which is anticipated to occur towards the end of 2023.
We recognise the privilege of operating in an area of Western Australia characterised by Jarrah Forest and maintain our longstanding commitment to not mine in national parks, old growth forest, or other areas of high conservation value.