Rio Tinto Yarwun

Sector: Local industry – Mining and Processing


We supply the metals and minerals that help the world to grow. Our major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, gold, industrial minerals (borates, titanium dioxide and salt), iron ore, and uranium. We employee 47,000 people, in 35 countries across six continents.


The Yarwun Rio Tinto site is an Alumina Refinery. Aluminium ore known as bauxite is transported from Rio Tinto Mines to be processed into alumina at the Yarwun refinery. Alumina is refined from bauxite using a chemical process known as the Bayer Process. The Alumina is then transported to an Aluminium Smelter that produces Aluminium for products.


The Bayer process at Yarwun is broken down into sub areas which are Maintained and Operated by both Rio Tinto Yarwun and Contractor Personnel:

• Utilities (Steam Generation/ Cogeneration)
• Digestion
• Clarification
• Hydrate/Precipitation
• Calcination
• Residue Management Area (RMA)
• Materials Handling


What career or study opportunities are there? We are a very diverse business offering many entry points into our workplace which include; school based work experience, traineeships, vacation placements, trade apprenticeships, graduate roles, entry level process roles, various trades and bachelor degree careers.



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