Perth’s Altech Chemicals Ltd. announced yesterday that Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum has approved the mining proposal and mine closure plan for the firm’s planned mining of a kaolinite deposit near Meckering.
According to the firm, this approval represents the clearance of a major hurdle along the path to opening the mine that is intended for use as feedstock in its planned high-purity alumina (HPA) plant in Malaysia.
Altech indicates that it will harvest around 140 thousand metric tons of the clay mineral in two-month mining sessions each three years from the mine, which is located about ninety miles east of Perth. The kaolinite harvested from the mine will be kept on site while it awaits shipment via container to the Johor, Malaysia plant. Shipment will occur at a rate of about 40 thousand metric tons per year, according to the company.
“The Company is delighted to have received mining approval for the Meckering kaolin deposit. Whilst the Company will not need to commence mining kaolin until 2018, the approval of the mine is an important developmental milestone that has now been ticked off,” explained Altech’s managing director Iggy Tan.
“The next step is the works approval application for the proposed loading facility at Meckering, which is assessed by the Department of Environment Regulation.”
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.