Metro Mining

Bauxite Hills Mine Stage 2 Expansion

Discover how NAIF's $47.5 million loan fuels Metro Mining's Bauxite Hills Mine Stage 2 Expansion, including a new floating terminal. 

Investment Decision

November 2019




95km north of Weipa, QLD

Metro Mining Bauxite Hills Mine 2 Expansion 1 on Bauxite Hills Mine Stage 2 Expansion


NAIF Loan Amount up to


Total Project Value


Length of Loan

9 years



Forecast Jobs


Project Status

Contractual Close

The $47.5 million NAIF loan offer will enable new infrastructure that allows Metro Mining to load larger vessels as part of its planned Bauxite Hills Mine Stage 2 Expansion project.

About Metro Mining

Metro Mining is a prominent Australian mining company with a specialised focus on mining bauxite, a crucial element in the production of aluminium. Metro Mining undertakes the extraction and export of bauxite ore, playing a pivotal role in the global aluminium supply chain.

The company's core operations encompass not only the extraction of bauxite ore but also the efficient transportation of this vital resource to port facilities for export. Metro Mining caters to customers in influential aluminium-producing countries such as China, contributing significantly to the worldwide aluminium industry.

Project Overview

NAIF’s investment will fund a new floating terminal for Metro Mining on the Skardon River in north-western Cape York.

The operation is located about 95 km north of Weipa, where the company holds a total tenement package covering about 1900 km². Mining commenced in April 2018 and the Bauxite Hills mine has an estimated reserve of 109.5 million tonnes. Mining operations are only undertaken during the dry season.

Bauxite is mined by front-end loaders, trucked to a port area, screened down to a maximum size of 100 mm, then fed onto a barge loading facility and into barges. Those barges are towed down the river, where the bauxite is transhipped to freight vessels.

The mine employs 246 people, but this new infrastructure will take the total workforce at the mine to more than 300. Nearly 40% of the current workforce is Indigenous.

Infrastructure includes construction and mobilisation of a floating off-shore terminal as part of the Bauxite Hills Mine Stage 2 Expansion Project, expanding current production from 3.5m wtpa, to 6m wtpa.

How We Helped

Our commitment to Metro Mining shows how NAIF funding supports economic and social development in northern Australia. Metro Mining has an established track record of providing employment opportunities in the Cape York region.

Public Impact

Independent analysis forecasts that the infrastructure funded by NAIF’s loan will generate approximately $510 million in economic benefits for the region over the 16-year operational life of the mine.

The investment will be a significant boost for businesses in Cape York and in Far North Queensland. Metro Mining currently has over 100 suppliers and 95% of them come from North Queensland. Two-thirds of Metro Mining’s expenses are paid to businesses in North Queensland. Under NAIF’s terms, proponents must have local participation plans to maximise the involvement of local employers and suppliers.

The project is expected to create 60 new permanent jobs at the mine.

We are very pleased to have secured the support of NAIF in providing a long-term loan to provide financing for the Stage 2 Expansion. Bauxite Hills will be a significant contributor to the economy of northern Australia and a large employer from the surrounding communities for many years to come. I would like to personally thank the NAIF team for their time and commitment during the due diligence process in order to understand the project, the global bauxite market, and its importance to northern Australia.

Simon Finnis

Metro Mining Managing Director and CEO.

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Indigenous Engagement

Traditional owners of this land

  • The Ankamuthi People

The Ankamuthi People are the original inhabitants of the land at which Bauxite Hills Mine is located.

Indigenous Engagement Strategy Commitments

  • Indigenous Engagement Strategy supports the continuation of the current indigenous participation rate of over 38 per cent through implementation of the Traditional Owner Employment Strategy, preferential employment of Ankamuthi Traditional Owners (once core competencies are met) and supporting at least five Ankamuthi trainees per year.
  • Other Indigenous commitments include ongoing Liaison Committee meetings, employment of two Ankamuthi Community Liaison Officers, and support for Indigenous enterprise development opportunities.