Australian-based Metro Mining produced 415,000wmt of bauxite and shipped 245,000wmt in April 2020.
Metro Mining in its April updates on bauxite hills mining cited that the company’s strong performance and can be attributed to the continuity of work, plant upgrades and favourable weather conditions.
Davis Index had reported earlier that the company had commenced ship loading activity at Skardon river port since April 14.
The company had produced and shipped 3.5mn mt of wet bauxite from Bauxite Mines located 95km north of Weipa in the year 2019. Metro had signed a deal with Xinfa to sell 2.3mn mt of dry bauxite as per off-take arrangements for the year 2020.
Despite COVID-19 pandemic, the company’s day shift activities resumed from April 2. The company said that each day 14,297wmt is being mined and 14,388wmt is being shipped.
Metro Mining is expected to produce and dispatch 0.9mn to 1.1mn wmt of bauxite in the June ending quarter.
Stage II expansion at Metro Mining’s Bauxite Hills mine will not be completed before 2nd half of 2021.
The annual production at Bauxite Hill mine will be ramped up to 6.0mn mt wmt after completion of the expansion.
Metro’s production guidance stands between 4.0-5.0 mn wmt for the year ending June 2021.