Australian innovator Altech Chemicals Ltd. updated investors on the progress of construction at its high-purity alumina (HPA) plant in Johor Bahru, Malaysia yesterday, announcing that Stage 2 construction is now complete.
Per the firm, construction restarted in June after a pause occasioned by the worldwide coronavirus pandemic and the Malaysian government’s movement control order in mid-March. Since then, construction has been completed of the site electrical substation, finishing internal fit-out, drainage, sewage, and landscape since the resumption of work.
Also now complete is the electrical substation, which was finished and handed over to Altech at the end of June. Altech will presently make the substation available to the local power provider Tenaga Nasional Berhad for installation of the necessary equipment to integrate in the local power grid.
Since construction began at the site last year, Altech has seen almost 300 workers from EPC contractor Metix and its subcontractors work over 137 thousand hours without a single lost-time accident.
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.