• Short Summary

    A vast bauxite mine, crushing plant and a town and port are growing out of the scrub in a remote peninsular some 300 miles east of Darwin in the north of Australia.

  • Description

    A vast bauxite mine, crushing plant and a town and port are growing out of the scrub in a remote peninsular some 300 miles east of Darwin in the north of Australia.

    It is the biggest project so far attempted by private enterprise in Australia and GBP140 million (300 million dollars) is being spent on the complex.

    More than 1,000 workers are keeping construction on schedule. Within a year there will be more than 2,000 working there.

    Exploration has revealed some 250 million tons of commercial ore over 107 square miles. Mining of ore is due to begin next year. It will be an open-cut operation. The ore will be carried more than 12 miles by conveyor belt to the plant - the longest conveyor system in Australia. It will take one and a half hours to travel from the crusher to stockpiles near the port where up to half a million tons of ore will be kept. The plant should reach production of a million tons a year by 1973.

    Near the site where the Alumina plant is being built is a banyan tree which is sacred to the Aborigines. The tree is being carefully protected.

    Eighty-foot steel piles are being welded for wharf construction at the port then floated to the location they are needed. Automatic welding is used because great accuracy is needed to withstand metal fatigue during pile driving. The steel and concrete wharf will be able to take ships of 100,000 tons.

    A modern community with air conditioned buildings is growing out of the scrub. It will eventually house more than 4,000 people and will be one of the biggest communities in Australia's far north. Already there are more than 100 children at the school in this rapidly developing corner of the country.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7LACKQTQKXA42RKQR2U2RXVJU
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LACKQTQKXA42RKQR2U2RXVJU
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    06/12/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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