Alufer Mining

Independent mineral exploration and development company Alufer Mining’s first Capesize shipment of bauxite totalling 203 009 tons has safely arrived in Qingdao port in China.

It will be delivered to Chalco Shandong part of Chalco Group – a major state-owned enterprise and China’s largest alumina and primary aluminium producer.

Bauxite production commenced at the Bel Air project in Guinea in August 2018, with first ore on ship from the mine on schedule, on budget and with zero lost time injuries.

Bel Air update

The operational ramp-up phase at the Bel Air project is progressing well and mining is on track to produce 5.5 Mt of bauxite in 2019.

Over 750 000 tons have successfully been loaded and are on route to other customers.

“We are very pleased to deliver our first cargo to Chalco in China, another key milestone for our project. Having recently extended our offtake agreement with them we look forward to providing Chalco with further shipments of quality bauxite over a longer term horizon,” says Alufer Mining CEO Bernie Pryor.

“We have made significant progress since commissioning the mine in early August 2018. Our mining and loading rates are steadily increasing and the historic investment in drilling and grade control is paying dividends as the mine delivers excellent, consistent grade bauxite.

“Our transhipment process is performing well too and we are on target to reach steady state production as planned,” Pryor says.