Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors regarding progress on construction at its high-purity alumina (HPA) production site in Johor, Malaysia earlier this week, noting that the process continues to be well ahead of schedule.
Per the firm, the entirety of significant structural work is now complete, with construction of the electrical station at the site continuing ahead of schedule. External detailing has been completed in the main, and the EPC consortium, which consists of the SMS group and Metix, is currently carrying out internal finishing, architectural detailing, plumbing, and vehicle access.
Altech’s current estimates has substation completion to occur next month, a full month ahead of the initial schedule. After final inspection the firm will hand the substation over to Tengaga Nasional Behad, at which point TNB will conduct its own inspection and install switchgear. TNB will do its work in the substation alongside the remaining construction at the site in order to ensure a steady supply of electricity as the plant progresses toward commissioning.
Finally, Altech notes the safety record at the site, which at the end of last month totaled over 125 thousand hours of work on the site with no time lost to injury on the job. The first two stages at the site saw over 250 workers carry out their duties with only one incident requiring first aid and zero hours lost due to injury.
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.