Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors regarding the state of construction at its high-purity alumina plant in Johor, Malaysia late last week.
To date, the maintenance workshop building site includes external wall cladding, a ventilation and roller door, and the internal mezzanine level, which Altech plans to utilize for storage of spare parts and maintenance offices, completing work on the building’s structure. Upon the completion of Stage 2 and the beginning of process building construction, the building will see the commencement of internal fit-out and electrical works for the workshop.
Altech reports good progress on construction of the on-site detention (OSD) storm water tanks. All walls for the four tank zones are complete, and fabrication of the 7 dozen precast concrete roof panels is halfway complete. Installation of the panels has already begun, and Altech expects tank construction to be complete within the next two months.
Retaining walls at the site are mostly complete, with the finishing touches expected to be complete by the end of October. Meanwhile, the design of the electrical substation has been signed off on by the state, with detailed engineering drawings currently being completed. Preliminary excavation is expected to begin this month, with completion planned for the middle of next year.
Stage 2 engineering is progressing apace as well, notes Altech. EPC contractor SMS group is in final negotiations with several of the key equipment package suppliers to finish off third-party engineering. SMS will use the data derived from the engineering packages is planned for use in civil loading calculations in order to complete engineering of the process building structures, readying them for construction.
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.