The company has also established diversified subsidiaries focussed on supporting Christmas Island, along with our customers in offshore markets.
The company has been built on strong social and environmental foundations with a track record of supporting the local communities and environments where we operate. Our phosphate rock mine on Christmas Island, has exported over 16 million tonnes of phosphate rock and dust since 1990 to Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
Christmas Island is a unique Australian based territory located in the Indian Ocean, 2,600km northwest of Perth (Australia) and 380km south of Jakarta (Indonesia). Christmas Island is world renowned for its spectacular red crabs and rain forest, with a host of unique plants and animals.
Phosphate mining commenced on Christmas Island over one hundred years ago and Phosphate Resources forms the modern-day part of the deep mining heritage on the Island.
The social and economic foundations of the Island have been built on the phosphate operation. Phosphate Resources is the largest commercial employer in the region and maintains a strong sense of responsibility both in its community and environmental obligations. A recent Social and Economic Impact Assessment was conducted by UWA and confirmed the company’s commitment to the community as well as it economic importance (click here for more information).
Phosphate Resources was founded in 1990 by the workforce of the previous mining company and commenced operations the following year after convincing the Australian Government to allow the mine to be reopened. Many of those involved back then are still present in the company today as employees and shareholders, including Managing Director Lai Ah Hong.