Business Performance

Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun


Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun achieved a record production of 2.7 million tonnes of alumina in 2014. This was an improvement of 300,000 tonnes against 2013. During 2014, solid performance improvements were made in Digestion and Clarification, which have put the operation in a good position to deliver 3.4 million tonne-rates safely and sustainably by December 2015. A broader strategy has been developed to further support this target, which is built around recovering the residual life of the refinery, enhancing the capability of our people, and executing a number of design modifications.

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*Local suppliers are suppliers within 4680 postcode. Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun only sets targets for payments to all external suppliers.

Local investment

We recognise that significant socioeconomic benefits can be achieved through sourcing products and services locally. We are committed to evaluating local supply options as part of our sourcing strategy.

Rio Tinto Alcan procurement

Case Studies

Mud farming improvements at the RMA

A team led by Mike Colledge, manager of the Gladstone Project Hub, developed a plan to increase mud farming capability at the Residue Management Area (RMA).
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Energy efficiencies in Redside

Changes to the cleaning process for Jacketed Pipe Units (JPUs) in Digestion have delivered significant improvements for the refinery.
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