Alcoa of Australia Limited is a major producer of aluminium from two smelters in Victoria and is the world's leading producer of alumina from three refineries in Western Australia. Alcoa of Australia is owned 60% by Alcoa and 39.25% by Alumina Limited.
The company owns and operates alumina refineries at Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup with a combined capacity of 7.3 million metric tons a year, equivalent to some 15% of world demand. Alumina is exported worldwide from shipping terminals at Kwinana and Bunbury. In Victoria, Alcoa owns the Point Henry smelter and operates the Portland smelter, in which it has a 55% interest. The combined capacity of these two smelters is about 530,000 metric tons a year, with most of the aluminium ingot being exported.
Alcoa employs about 1500 people in Victoria and 3700 in Western Australia. Apart from refining and smelting, the company operates bauxite mines at Huntly and Willowdale in the Darling Range south of Perth, which supply the three refineries. A brown coal mine and power station at Anglesea in Victoria provides part of Point Henry's power requirements.
Priority: environmental management
Environmental management is a high priority for Alcoa in all aspects of its operations. In 1990 the company earned its listing on the United Nations Environmental Programme's "Roll of Honour" for environmental achievement--the only mining company in the world to have been so recognised.
Over the years in Australia, Alcoa has introduced new ways to reclaim and rehabilitate mined land, has pioneered recycling techniques for refinery residue and smelter byproducts, and has developed other leading-edge sustainability practices. These innovations have benefited not only Alcoa's Australian communities, but the rest of Alcoa and the aluminium industry as well.