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Alumina

Jun 16, 2021
Gladstone refinery in $1.2m hydrogen study

Gladstone refinery in $1.2m hydrogen study

Rio Tinto will look into using renewable hydrogen to power a key process at its Yarwun alumina refinery in Gladstone in a $1.2 million study. The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will contribute up to $579,786 towards the feasibility study. Conventional alumina refining combusts natural gas to achieve the high temperatures necessary in the calcination… ...

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May 12, 2021
Water-wise moves cut refinery consumption

Water-wise moves cut refinery consumption

Yarwun alumina refinery near Gladstone has reduced its raw water consumption by 30 per cent over the last five years. Owner Rio Tinto said the refinery had reduced raw water consumption from 28,000 cubic metres to 20,000 cubic metres per day.   General manager Mark Gilmore said the achievement was part of Yarwun’s ongoing work… ...

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Sep 24, 2020
Gladstone refineries in $75m overhaul projects

Gladstone refineries in $75m overhaul projects

Rio Tinto’s two Gladstone alumina refineries have $75 million of planned maintenance shutdown work underway, in a boost for the local economy. The 2020 shutdowns at the Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) and Yarwun refineries have seen up to 500 additional specialised contractors working at the sites in recent months.  The company says the projects are… ...

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Jul 06, 2020
Strong maiden resource for Abercorn kaolin project

Strong maiden resource for Abercorn kaolin project

Industrial metal developer Metalsearch has announced a maiden mineral resource for its Abercorn project, about 135km south of Gladstone. The total resource at the kaolin prospect is 39.06 million tonnes yielding 36.8 per cent -20µm fraction grading 28.6 per cent alumina and 1.18 per cent potassium oxide. About 60 per cent of that resource is… ...

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Apr 23, 2020
More good news from Abercorn drilling

More good news from Abercorn drilling

Metalsearch expects to report a maiden mineral resource for its Abercorn project ‘in the near future’ after results from the final 34 holes in a recent 62-hole aircore drilling program. The drilling campaign had demonstrated that the Abercorn project contained significant scale and a very consistent, high quality grade of mineralisation, Metalsearch said. The project,… ...

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Apr 21, 2020
Abercorn project delivers for Metalsearch

Abercorn project delivers for Metalsearch

Metalsearch says it is continuing to receive consistent high-grade intersections of good quality kaolin at its Abercorn project , about 135km south of Gladstone. Abercorn is described as a large-scale kaolin prospect with potential to underpin the production of high-purity alumina (HPA), aluminium sulfate (ALUM) and synthetic zeolite.  Metalsearch completed a 62-hole aircore drilling program…...

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Feb 11, 2020
Gladstone earmarked for $200m alumina plant

Gladstone earmarked for $200m alumina plant

Gladstone has been chosen as the site for a $200 million high-purity alumina industrial plant. The HPA First Project would take reagents via pipeline from the local Orica plant and sell back by-product under an agreement announced yesterday. State Development Minister Cameron Dick said Gladstone had been selected as the location for the Alpha HPA… ...

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