Altech Chemicals Ltd. issued an update today on the progress of its high-purity alumina (HPA) plant to be built in Johor, Malaysia.
According to the press release, design and engineering of the plant is progressing according to schedule. The project’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor M+W Group has over four dozen individuals from its Singapore and Germany offices working on the project – process engineering equipment and piping design is being conducted in the latter location, while the remaining engineering tasks are being carried out in the former.
The German office has issued the lion’s share of the necessary bills of quantities and supply packages to the relevant suppliers, and the Singapore office has completed delivery of such packages and has received quotes from most of its suppliers.
In addition, Singapore has completed electrical design plans, sent out packages to suppliers regarding instrumentation and process control designs, and is currently working up installation packages for CSA, piping, electrical, mechanical, instruments, and building and site services.
Altech reports that the kilns and the hydrogen chloride recycle plant have both seen size increases and quality upgrades in order to achieve more consistent temperatures and performances.
“Overall, the detailed design, engineering and associated final EPC contract price formation is progressing at the required rate to align with the German government export credit agency project finance cover application and approval processes,” said Iggy Tan, Altech’s managing director. “Altech continues to fund all detailed design and engineering activities in order to expedite project development.”
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.