|EIS status||Determined that project can proceed subject to conditions|
|Description||New bauxite mining operation, initially producing 22.8 million dry product tonnes per annum (mdpt/a) with the potential to increase to 50 mdpt/a.|
|Proponent||RTA Weipa Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of Rio Tinto Aluminium within the Rio Tinto Alcan Group)|
|Location/s||40 km south of Weipa and 40 km north of Aurukun, western Cape York Peninsula. Map|
* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.
On 27 November 2015, Rio Tinto announced that it is proceeding with the construction of the project, which will be known as Amrun.
Environmental impact statement (EIS) process
|23 May 2016||The Coordinator-General extended the currency period for the Evaluation Report to 24 May 2019.|
|14 May 2013||Commonwealth Minister for the Environment's approval of 'controlled action', subject to conditions.|
|23 May 2012||Coordinator-General's report on EIS ( 2.49 MB) released.|
|9 February 2012||Supplementary information to EIS released.|
|1 August 2011 to
12 September 2011
|Public consultation on EIS|
|29 October 2010||Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Project to be assessed under a parallel process. (Note: this decision overrides the minister's previous decision of 2 October 2008).|
|13 September 2010||Project re-referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, due to changes to the port component of the project.|
|1 April 2009||Terms of reference for EIS ( 401 KB) released.|
|17 January 2009 to
16 February 2009
|Public consultation on draft terms of reference for EIS.|
|21 November 2008||Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration ( 196 KB).|
|2 October 2008||Project deemed a 'controlled action' by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Project to be assessed under bilateral agreement.|
|3 September 2008||Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.|
|11 July 2008||Application, including initial advice statement ( 446 KB) submitted.|
Social impact management plan
As part of its EIS, the South of the Embley Project (Amrun) prepared a social impact management plan.
Since the publication of the Coordinator-General's report on the EIS, RTA Weipa Pty Ltd has applied for changes to the project.
- Rio Tinto approves US$1.9 billion Amrun (South of Embley) bauxite project (27 November 2015)
- Green light for major Cape mine (23 May 2012)
For more information, visit the Amrun project web page.