Business Performance

Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL)

Production against target

QAL’s Precipitation capability provided some challenges in the first half of 2014, however, these were resolved following the introduction of the ‘Integrated Schedule’ and the development of clear operational strategies and tactics in May. With the Precipitation area back on track, the plant performed well in the second half of the year and met production forecasts.

Overall in 2014, QAL fell short of production targets, largely due to challenges in Precipitation earlier in the year.

In 2015, we will commission the 1217 conveyor to increase bauxite supply to the plant. We will also introduce Gove bauxite to the QAL process to supplement the degrading Weipa bauxite supply. It is also a 2015 priority to embed the improved Precipitation operation that was achieved in the second half of 2014.

Show Table

2013

2014

2014

Performance

2015

Production (million tonnes/annum)

3.383

3.567

3.744

3.78

Wages and benefits (millions)

$137.734

$145.010

$146.746

$143.850

+Payments to local suppliers (millions)

$195.111

$182.669

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+ Local suppliers are suppliers within 4680 postcode * No target set

Local investment

QAL supported local suppliers who align with our values and offer a competitive option for the business. QAL has awarded contracts to locally owned and operated firms for the Residue Disposal Area, QAL site services, transport and trucking, vehicle repair as well as a multitude of service contracts including catering, the on-site food vendor and capital works.

In 2015, QAL aims to improve its engagement with local suppliers to ensure they understand QAL’s vision for the future and can tender for a number of contracts that are due to be renewed.

Case Studies

Digestion heaters save energy and production costs

Huge progress was made in improving Digestion heat recovery in 2014. For the first time in many years, the Digestion heaters reached their most efficient level and, as a result, QAL’s energy consumption and production costs were reduced.
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