45 Tasmanian mine jobs for the state’s north
Tasmanian mine jobs are to increase, with the development of its first bauxite mine in over 30 years, after approval of Australian Bauxite Limited`s (ABx) Bald Hill project in the state`s north.
“expected to create 45 jobs”
The project is expected to create around 45 jobs, with operations expected to begin later this year.
The Company’s CEO, Ian Levy, said granting of the mining lease comes after 5 years of exploration along Australia’s eastern seaboard, which resulted in bauxite finds in Qld, NSW and Tasmania
He said Tasmania provides an ideal environment to host the Company’s first mine – good quality bauxite; near infrastructure connected to export ports; and free of socio-environmental constraints.
More than 1.6 million tonnes of bauxite is expected to be mined for domestic and international markets from three pits on the site.
The ore will be shipped through Bell Bay in the north.
“new bauxite supply to the seaborne market”
ABX chief Leon Hawker said the mine will introduce a new bauxite supply to the seaborne market.
He said he wanted to acknowledge support from Mineral Resources Tasmania and the community.
ABx has the potential to create significant bauxite developments in three states – Queensland, New South Wales and Tasmania. Its bauxite deposits are favourably located for direct shipping of bauxite to both local and export customers.
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