BHP Billiton has confirmed there will be job cuts at Worsley Alumina following the end of a four-year efficiency and expansion project.
The West Australian reports that a spokeswoman conceded an unconfirmed number of jobs would be cut following the expansion.
“We don’t intend to provide any detail about specific adjustments, but clearly there may be some impact on jobs in some areas,” she told the West Australian.
“The review is ongoing and no operational disruptions are anticipated.”
The Bunbury Mail reported earlier in the month that the job losses would number in the hundreds.
The four-year project included extending mining operations near Boddington, upping capacity at Collie refinery and an upgrade of the port at Bunbury. Over 8,000 were employed by the project.
Production has reached 3.1 million tonnes a year.
“It is about a change of roles, from a construction to an operation workforce so the construction workers aren’t required anymore,” explained Ray Philp, CEO at the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce and Industries.
According to recently released IBISWorld market research, alumina produced in Australia for 2013-14 would be about 20.9 million tonnes, amounting to about a quarter of the world’s output. 15.4 million tonnes of Australia's production would be exported.
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