Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. reached another milestone in the construction of its high-purity alumina (HPA) plant in Johor with the raising of the first construction steel at the site.
Following a South African custom known as Opstaan Yster, or “stand-up of iron,” Altech marked the occasion on Friday with a ceremony and celebration. In attendance were several top officials of Altech, Metix, and SMS group.
Altech notes the milestone as being the product of several prior achievements at the site over the last 6 months of construction and development. To date, the site has seen advanced design and engineering, completion of permitting and approvals, construction of bulk earthworks, placement of foundation pilings for certain outbuildings, obtaining of steel, establishment of the site, appointment of subcontractors, establishment of site safety operations, and implementation of construction quality control.
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.