History

History

Dampier Salt has a long and successful history of innovation and growth, supported by strong and enduring customer relationships. These relationships are built on our reputation for value, product quality and consistently reliable supply.

Dampier Salt Limited (DSL) was formed in late 1967 to build the Dampier operation. The first shipment of salt of 19,000 tonnes left Dampier for Japan in April 1972. The operation now has a capacity of 4.2 million tones of salt per year.

At the end of 1978, DSL purchased the Lake MacLeod operation which has a current production capacity of 2.9 million tonnes per year of salt. In 1997, a gypsum mining and processing operation was constructed at Lake MacLeod with a capacity of 1.5 million tonnes per year.

In 2001 the Port Hedland operation was purchased and has a current capacity of 3.2 million tonnes per year of salt.

February
2014
Halal certification achieved across all of Dampier Salt’s operations
December
2013
Record salt sales of 10 million tonnes
March
2013
Dampier Salt wins the Best Supplier Award from Asahi Glass Co Ltd
February
2013
Halal certification achieved at Dampier operations
August
2011
Signing of Gnulli heritage agreement formalises the relationship between Rio Tinto's Dampier Salt operations and the Baiyungu traditional owners of the land around Lake MacLeod about 100km north of Carnarvon
October
2010
Dampier Salt wins WA Minerals & Energy Exporter Award and finalist in 48th Australian Export Awards
December
2009
100th million tonne of salt shipped from Dampier operations
July
2009
Lake MacLeod expanded to 2.9 million tonnes per year
August
2007
Lake MacLeod expanded to 1.9 million tonnes per year
June
2007
Operations achieve ISO14001 Environmental Management System certification
March
2007
Port Hedland operation expanded to 3.2 million tonnes per year
January
2007
10 millionth tonne of gypsum shipped from Lake MacLeod
December
2006
Annual salt sales of 8.1 million tonnes and gypsum sales of 1.3 million tonnes

2006
Dampier Salt wins the Best Supplier Award from Asahi Glass
June
2006
Operations achieve ISO9001 Quality System Certification
January
2006
Chlor-Alkali Unit Pte Ltd formed to market salt and purchase caustic for Rio Tinto
April
2005
Northshore washplant opened at Dampier using DSL-developed washing technology
December
2004
Annual salt sales exceed 8.5 million tonnes and gypsum sales exceed 1.3 million tonnes
April
2003
100th million tonne from Dampier Salt shipped on the MV Marguerite to Tosoh Corporation
December
2002
Annual salt sales from Dampier Salt exceed 7 million tonnes for the first time
April
2002
Dampier Salt capacity equals 9 million tonnes. Thirty year anniversary of shipments from Dampier

1999
Dampier Salt wins the Best Supplier Award from Asahi Glass - the first non-Japanese company to win this award August 2001 Dampier Salt buys Port Hedland operations
August
1997
First shipment of 40,000 tonnes of gypsum to Yoshino Gypsum in Japan
June
1997
Opening ceremony for the Lake MacLeod gypsum operation
December
1995
50th million tonne shipped from Dampier
April
1992
Twenty-year anniversary of shipments from Dampier; 50th million tonne shipped by Damper Salt. Dampier field capacity expanded to 3 million tonnes
December
1990
Total of 4 million tonnes in sales achieved in the year
January
1990
Lake MacLeod field capacity expanded to 1.5 million tonnes
December
1978
Dampier Salt buys Lake MacLeod operations
November
1975
First Panamax vessel berths at Dampier; MV Jaguar loaded with 59,722 tonnes
April
1972
First shipment of 19,084 tonnes loaded for Central Glass in Japan aboard MV Borgnes
November
1967
Formation of Dampier Salt - initial feasibility and engineering studies commenced