Alcoa secures new gas supply for WA alumina refineries

Alcoa's Wagerup refinery.
Alcoa's Wagerup refinery.

ALCOA of Australia has secured three new gas supply agreements which combined will supply about 25 per cent of the company’s gas requirement in WA from 2020.

The agreements with BHP, Woodside and Chevron, coupled with other gas supply contracts, including with Quadrant Energy and Santos, announced in 2015, complete Alcoa’s gas portfolio to fuel its Kwinana, Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries for the mid-term.

Alcoa Alumina president and Alcoa managing director Michael Parker said that in securing the new gas contracts, the company was demonstrating to its employers, suppliers, customers and the community their commitment to WA.

“Alcoa’s three WA refineries are the biggest integrated source of alumina globally and an important source of economic activity,’’ he said.

“They provide jobs for more than 3000 Western Australians, primarily in the south west, and generate about $1.4 billion in expenditure with WA suppliers.”

Alcoa is WA’s single largest user of natural gas, consuming about 40 per cent of the gas supplied to the south west of WA and about 25 per cent of WA’s total domestic gas supply.