Wagerup Refinery with a capacity of 2.9 million tonnes per year, is the second largest alumina refinery in the AWAC global joint venture between Alumina Limited and Alcoa.
The Western Australian Government has granted approval for the planned capacity expansion of the Wagerup alumina refinery from 2.6 million tonnes of alumina per year to approximately 4.7 million tonnes per year. Gas is the primary source of energy and is from Western Australia’s North-West gas fields via the Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline.
Bauxite is transported from the nearby Willowdale mine by overland conveyor. The close proximity of mine to the refinery lowers operational costs and places these operations as amongst the world’s lowest cost producers.
A storage and loading facility, which handles the majority of shipping for the refinery, is located at the nearby port of Bunbury.