Australian Bauxite Limited’s (ABx) wholly-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited has acquired sufficient funding to commence with Stage 1 of its project to refine bauxite ore into aluminium fluoride (AlF3).
Per ABx’s press release on the matter, ALCORE began construction at the site in New South Wales at the first of the month as per the project’s pilot plan. No numbers were given for the funding in question, but the Stage 1 site operation budget totals A$2.5 million.
ABx’s CEO Ian Levy registered his enthusiasm with the commencement of the next step in ALCORE’s AlF3 project, noting the tremendous benefits to several industries.
“This is the beginning of a powerful new bauxite refining technology which will commence as an important supplier of key AlF3 products for the Australasian aluminium smelters and producing silica fume for the cement industry, then develop Corethane pure hydrocarbons for energy and fuel security.
“Upside potential includes expanding the product range to AlF3 for Lithium-ion batteries, iron and titanium-based pigments and then developing ultra-pure products such as high purity alumina (“HPA”) for the manufacture of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for phones and computer screens.
“ABx continues the development of its three core bauxite projects, namely the Tasmanian mine and the large Binjour Project in central QLD and the Penrose refractory bauxite project 90km inland of Port Kembla NSW. Creating ALCORE Limited as a project-specific subsidiary is expected to unlock considerable value for shareholders in both the short and medium terms.”
Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The firm boasts combined JORC resources of 124 million metric tons in twenty-two tenements covering almost two thousand square kilometers in Eastern Australia. Its Binjour tenement in Queensland is considered by the company to be its flagship project.