Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. announced yesterday that it has obtained the final permit necessary for beginning construction of its screening and loading facility in Meckering, Western Australia.
Altech received its works approval from the Western Australia Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) on Friday. Having the necessary federal permits in hand, this state permit allows for the commencement of work to build a kaolin screening and loading facility next to the Run of Mine (ROM) stockpile at Meckering. Altech previously obtained approval from DWER of its mining proposal and mine closure plan for the Meckering mine in mid-March of this year.
At the mine, which is 90 miles east of Perth, the extracted kaolin will be screened to a size of 12 mm or less, then loaded on to 20’ containers. The containers will then be shipped overland to Fremantle, then shipped by boat to Altech’s high-purity alumina processing plant in Johor, Malaysia.
“We are pleased to receive notification of the approval of works for the kaolin screening and loading facility at Meckering, which will provide feedstock for the Company’s proposed Malaysian HPA processing plant,” said Altech’s managing director Iggy Tan. “The Altech team has been working hard to advance all approvals required for Meckering, and this has now been achieved. This means that subject to funding, construction and mining operations at Meckering can commence.”
Altech Chemicals is based in Subiaco, Western Australia and is attempting to develop a marketable process for delivering 99.99% (4N) HPA. It plans to construct a 4,000 metric ton per annum HPA plant at Tanjung Langsat Industrial Complex, Johor, Malaysia. 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 in the third quarter of this year.