Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors yesterday on the status of the geotechnical ground drilling and survey program at the site of its soon-to-be-built plant at Johor, Malaysia. Per the firm, the survey, which was initiated in the middle of last month, is within sight of completion.
The survey is, which assesses soil types, soil stability, and topography of the site, is part of the plant’s Stage 1 construction process, allowing Altech and its contractors to confirm the site’s civil engineering plan. A more complete assessment of the site’s soil profile will also be carried out, as such a study is necessary when determining the site’s foundation piling requirements.
Altech’s engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor SMS group GmbH is managing the study, and is tasked with finalizing the civil design and engineering. Per SMS group, the geotechnical study work is due to be complete within a month’s time.
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.