Alufer Mining Limited is pleased to announce that its first Capesize shipment of bauxite totalling 203,009 metric tonnes has safely arrived in Qingdao port in China.
It will be delivered to Chalco Shandong part of Chalco Group: a major State Owed Enterprise and China’s largest alumina and primary aluminium producer.
The operational ramp-up phase at the Bel Air project in Guinea is progressing well and mining is on track to produce 5.5 million tonnes in 2019. Over 750,000 tonnes have successfully been loaded and are on route to other customers. Bernie Pryor, CEO, commented, “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.
“We have made significant progress since commissioning the mine in early August. 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.”