About Rio Tinto Alcan Gove
Rio Tinto Alcan’s Gove operations, which include a mine, refinery, residue disposal area, steam power station and port facility, is one of the largest private sector employer in the Northern Territory. It is one of Australia’s major manufacturers and exporters, making a significant economic and social contribution to surrounding communities, the Northern Territory and the Australian economy.
- Bauxite exploration at Gove commenced in 1952 and substantial bauxite reserves were identified in 1955. The Gove alumina plant and associated infrastructure were completed in 1972.
- July 1972 saw the first shipment of alumina from Gove.
- When Gove’s rehabilitation process began in 1972, a year after the operation commenced, it set the benchmark for environmental management. Since then more than 3,000 hectares of land has been regenerated and original ecosystems rehabilitated.
- In 2004 construction of the third stage Refinery Expansion Project commenced on site at Gove. The first bauxite feed into the newly commissioned third stage took place in 2007.
- Rio Tinto Alcan Gove is one of the largest private sector employers in the Northern Territory, with more than 1,500 employees and contractors.