Commencing production in March 1967, Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) was Australia’s first alumina refinery, and remains one of the largest.
Owned by Rio Tinto (80%) and Rusal (20%), QAL produces approximately 3.95 million tonnes of the world’s best smelter-grade alumina each year.
The operation is located in the city of Gladstone, and comprises a wharf and storage facility on South Trees Island, and a residue disposal area at Boyne Island.
In 2015, QAL contributed approximately $352 million into the local economy in wages, salaries and payments to local suppliers. The operation prides itself on using local goods and services wherever possible.