Private company Green Coast Resources has developed a small bauxite mine 10 kilometres south of Weipa, adjacent to the Emblet River at Hey Point to capitalise on strong demand from China for their high quality product. The area is world-renowned for its extensive deposits of high-quality, export grade, pisolitic bauxite.
The Hey Point Bauxite project is intended to produce around four million tonnes of bauxite over a three-year period, exporting up to 1.6mtpa for refining ove...rseas. Minimal processing is performed at site and in most of the mining areas run-of-mine bauxite tonnes are equivalent to the product bauxite tonnes. Open cut mining involves truck and shovel operations with a mobile screening unit being used to separate bauxite from dry screening material when necessary.
The range of Telestack mobile conveyors, managed by Telestack dealer Tricon Mining Equipment are used to move bauxite from the product stockpile to a barge moored on the Embley River. The 2,000t barge is loaded by a TS842 radial stacker positioned at the end of a floating pontoon. Product bauxite is then loaded onto a shuttle barge using a HF520 and transported and transferred to a bulk vessel using a mounted TC424. The mother vessel is moored around 3.5kms downstream in the Embley River (within the Port of Weipa waters) ready for export. The barge requires three movements per day over a 10-day period to fill the bulk vessel.
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