South of Embley project

The South of Embley project involves a staged increase in production up to 50 million dry product tonnes per annum (mdptpa). The EIS modelled the impacts of a range of operating levels - 15 mdptpa, 30 mdptpa and 50 mdptpa. The project includes new mining areas, construction of new infrastructure including beneficiation plants, power station, warehouses, workshops, barge and ferry facilities, ship loading facilities, and an access road.

A construction workforce of up to 1200 personnel will be accommodated in a temporary construction village on site and, once operational, employees will commute daily to the mine, via a ferry and bus service from Weipa.

If you have any other general questions about the project, please email external.affairs@riotinto.com or telephone 1800 308 938.

South of Embley project newsletter

October 2013

June 2013

February 2013

November 2012

May 2012

February 2012

July 2011

December 2010 

March 2009 

June 2008

Environmental Impact Statement (Queensland) 

Rio Tinto Alcan has released an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the South of Embley Project. The EIS is based on a series of social and environmental studies and extensive consultation with stakeholders about the South of Embley project. Due to its length, the EIS has been divided into four volumes. To access the complete volumes click here.

You can also access the EIS Summary document in PDF format.

Supplementary Report to EIS statement

Rio Tinto Alcan has prepared a Supplementary Report to the Environmental Impact Statement for the South of Embley Project. Due to its size the Supplementary Report has been divided into sections. 

Coordinator General's Report

The Queensland Coordinator General has assessed the SoE Project's EIS and issued a report outlining development and operating conditions. To access the report please click here.

Final environmental Impact Statement (Commonwealth)

Rio Tinto Alcan has  released a Final Environmental Impact Statement addressing Commonwealth regulations, including shipping. Due to its length the EIS has been divided into five volumes. To access the complete volumes click here.

Reports and Publications

As part of our Environmental approvals Rio Tinto Alcan will be producing a number of reports and publications associated with the South of Embley Project. They can be accessed by clicking here.