Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors on progress at its high-purity alumina plant in Johor, Malaysia on Tuesday, noting that stage 1 construction at the site continued as scheduled.
Per the firm, the site has been established and fenced, and the construction office and security post have been built. Also constructed at the site is a vehicle wash-down bay, a site weather monitoring station, and temporary ablutions.
Altech’s contractors have removed the topsoil from the site, allowing for the placement of bulk earthworks and site leveling, which is now underway. Contractors have brought in a foundation piling rig for conducting piling tests, with workshop piling planned to begin presently.
Meanwhile, preparation for placement of reinforced concrete continue, and 70 short tons of workshop steel have been bought and delivered to a nearby fabrication shop for sandblasting and off-site fabrication.
Stage 1 construction is progressing on schedule, concludes the firm, with no notable safety incidents reported to date.
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.