Bel Air Bauxite Project


Alufer Mining




5.5 Mtpa


USD 110 Million

Contract Type:

Full development of critical mine infrastructure


January 2017- August 2018


Completed LTI free - 1 560 267 hours


Causeway and barge loading berth built into the Atlantic Ocean 


In 2017 DRA Global was awarded the contract for the development of a port facility and associated infrastructure for the export of bauxite, by Alufer Mining in Guinea. The Alufer Bel Air Mine project was DRA’s first causeway development, which expanded the Group’s exposure within the marine environment.  

Bel Air was expected to have an initial production rate of 5.5 million tonnes per annum and included a 22.5km haul road running over eight river crossings, an export facility with the ROM tip that feeds a 6500-ton live capacity stockpile, and a causeway that extends 1.4km into the Atlantic Ocean, where a barge loads out berth was constructed.  

The scope also included all the necessary infrastructure to operate the facility. This included the construction camp, wellfields, power generation, offices, laboratory, workshop and a bailey bridge across the Koundinde 

Work on the project commenced in January 2017 and was completed in August 2018 and commercial production was achieved within the first six months of operation. Alufer is on target to reach its annual production rate of 5.5 million wet tonnes by the end of 2019DRA Global’s extensive material handling, earthworks and infrastructure design capabilities contributed significantly to the success of the project.