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Chapter 6

I Construction During The Settlement Years

II The Use Of Timber As A Structural Material

III Structural Steel

IV Concrete Technology

V Housing

VI Industrialised Pre-cast Concrete Housing

VII Ports And Harbours

VIII Roads

IX Heavy Foundations

X Bridges

XI Sewerage

XII Water Engineering

XIII Railways

XIV Major Buildings

XV Airports

XVI Thermal Power Stations

XVII Materials Handling
i For grain:
ii For salt:
iii For sugar
iv For iron ore
v For coal
vi For bauxite:
vii For alumina:
viii For cement:

XVIII Oil Industry

XIX The Snowy Mountains Scheme

XX The Sydney Opera House

XXI The Sydney Harbour Bridge

XXII Hamersley Iron

XXIII North West Shelf

Sources and References


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For alumina:

Alumina is produced in six major plants in three Australian States: Queensland, Northern Territory, and Western Australia. Collectively they have a production output of 8.1 Mtpy.

Of the 8.1 Mtpy of alumina produced, 6.9 Mtpy is exported. The material is despatched to New Zealand, Japan, North America, and Europe in ships having capacities of 150,000 dwt. Bunbury, in the south west of Western Australia, currently has the largest alumina ship loader in the world. The unit has a capacity of 2,200 t/h being delivered over a 1,800 mm belt. Currently, ships to the port of Bunbury are limited to 60,000 D.W.T. Essentially the operation is dust free since the skill of the materials handling design engineer has been used to prevent dust pollution.

Production of alumina began at Gove in the early 1970s, at Gladstone in 1967, at Kwinana in 1963, and more recently at Pinjarra and Worsley in Western Australia. From modest beginnings Australia now rates as the world's major alumina producer.

Organisations in Australian Science at Work - Weipa Bauxite project, Qld

People in Bright Sparcs - Peacock, E. E.

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