South of the Embley Project (Amrun)
|EIS status||Approved with 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.
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.
Last updated: Friday, Jun 7, 2019