Altech Chemicals Limited announced that it has terminated the agreement with Dana Shipping and Trading S.A. to grant Dana the exclusive right to mine up to 10Mt of kaolin from the company's Meckering kaolin deposit.
Under the terms of the kaolin mineral rights agreement, if the First Condition had not been satisfied by the First End Date, being 28 January 2016, then either party may terminate the Mining Rights Deed by notice to the other.
As the First Condition has not yet been satisfied, Altech has elected to terminate the Mining Rights Deed and to continue to be focussed on finalising the detailed design and securing funding for the construction of its High Purity Alumina (HPA) project.
Orbite Technologies Inc. announces it has shipped five additional high purity alumina samples to prospective customers.
Four of the five prospective customers have received, for the first time, 5N (99.999%) samples as per their required specifications, while the fifth received a 5N+ (greater than 99.999%) sample. This customer is currently also assessing Orbite's HPA in gamma crystalline form. The samples shipped continue to show the same consistent product quality as previously shipped samples, confirming the stability of and the control Orbite has over its process. To date, Orbite has shipped a total of 22 samples to 16 prospective customers including 3 repeat orders.
Additionally, Orbite has successfully commissioned its milling equipment at the Cap-Chat facility and will be shipping samples of milled HPA to eleven new prospective customers in the coming weeks.
"This new sample set and the upcoming milled samples reflect the continued interest in our HPA products," stated Glenn Kelly, CEO of Orbite. "The consistent quality and unmatched purity of our HPA are drawing considerable interest from the industry. We are pleased with the growing number of companies that are committing resources to assessing our HPA. Feedback to date has been positive, and we continue to collaborate with prospective customers as we progress through their supplier qualification programmes.
The list of items to be done before full commissioning of Quebec-based clean-tech firm Orbite Technologies’ new commercial-scale high-purity alumina (HPA) plant can stat has become short and straightforward, chief executive Glenn Kelly said on Thursday, after the company managed to resolve a supplier issue that had held progress back at the project.
A dispute with one of its suppliers resulted in a delay in equipment delivery and installation, however, the company advised that after settling the dispute, the withheld parts were delivered and work on installing the calcination system restarted early in January.
The project was now back on the correct construction sequence and was progressing according to plan, with installation of all major mechanical equipment, including the calciner and decomposer, now completed.
"Although the supplier dispute meant we were not able to commence operations prior to year-end, we are back on track towards completion as per schedule. We are very pleased with how commissioning of the various plant systems is progressing to date, and are confident of successfully completing the final steps prior to commencing commercial production this quarter,” Kelly stated.
The project involves the conversion of an HPA pilot plant into a state-of-the-art full-scale one-ton-a-day HPA facility, although the facility is expected to reach 3 t/d of HPA within 12 months of its commissioning without requiring further significant capital expenditure.
Orbite had also completed the basic engineering for a proposed smelter-grade alumina production plant that would use clay mined from its Grande-Vallee deposit, located in the Francophone province.
Orbite's patent portfolio contained 15 intellectual property families, including 22 patents and 102 pending patent applications in 11 different countries and regions.