We mine bauxite in the south-west of Australia and transport it on an overland conveyor belt to a refinery where the bauxite is turned into white alumina powder. The alumina is then exported to smelters around the world.
South32 holds an 86 per cent interest in Worsley Alumina, while Japan Alumina Associates (Australia) Pty Ltd owns 10 per cent and Sojitz Alumina Pty Ltd owns four per cent.
Bauxite is mined near the town of Boddington, 130 kilometres south-east of Perth. It is transported by overland conveyor to the alumina refinery near Collie and turned into alumina powder, before being transported by rail to the Bunbury port. It is then shipped to smelters around the world, including South32’s Hillside and Mozal aluminium smelters in Southern Africa.
Interest in bauxite mining in the South West Western Australia stretches back to the 1960s. However, mining and refining the ore didn’t get underway until the 1980s.
At the time, building the mine, conveyor belt and processing plant was Australia’s most expensive capital project, costing AUD$1.2 billion and employing 3500 people.
We’ve partnered with the Teach Learn Grow program to give one-on-one tutoring and mentoring at Boddington District High School.Read more
As a major employer in the South West and Peel regions of Western Australia, our operations inject more than $1 million each day into surrounding communities through wages, local businesses and community investment.
We've developed new technology to monitor and reduce diesel exhaust emissions at our underground mines.Read more
We're supporting local youth coding clubs in the South West of Western Australia.Read more
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Erwin joined South32 when we formed in 2015, having been with BHP Billiton since 2007. He began his career with us as General Manager Marketing based in Singapore, before moving to Australia to take up the role of General Manager Operations at Worsley Alumina in 2017. Erwin was appointed Vice President Operations of Worsley Alumina in October 2021. With global experience across multiple commodities and countries, Erwin has held senior leadership roles in operations, marketing, supply chain, technology and logistics. Erwin holds a Master of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, a Master of Business Administration from Vienna University of Economics and Business, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Liam Stower, External Affairs
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Phone: +61 8 9734 8311
Community: 1800 555 958