Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors regarding the progress of construction at its high-purity alumina plant in Johor, Malaysia. According to the firm, construction at the site is expected to conclude this spring.
Altech began construction of the electrical substation last fall, and work on the installation is currently ahead of schedule. At present the substation is nearly complete, and the firm expects architectural detailing and mechanical fit-out to occur in the very near future. Altech confirms that the substation has been designed to meet requirements by the local electricity provider, and all necessary government approvals for the installation are in hand.
Upon completion of the installation, which is currently expected by May, the site will undergo a handover inspection before being turned over to Tenaga Nasional Berhad, the local power provider. A switchgear installation will also take place as the rest of the HPA plant is constructed in order to have an electrical supply available well prior to the plant’s commissioning.
SMS Group continues to conduct Stage 2 engineering, as the firm has placed orders for about 80 percent of third-party engineering long lead items with the appropriate vendors. The firm is also utilizing information from these vendors as it works toward completing equipment arrangement drawings, piping, and electrical layouts.
Altech Chemicals is based in Subiaco, Western Australia and is attempting to implement a marketable process for delivering 99.99% (4N) HPA using conventional equipment at a lower production cost than methods currently available. It plans to construct a 4,500 metric ton per annum HPA plant at Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor, Malaysia that will use kaolin clay from a company-owned mine in Meckering, Western Australia. The firm is fast-tracking HPA production due to an agreement with Mitsubishi for 100% of its proposed HPA production for ten years. At present, Altech intends to commence project development later this year.