FYI Resources has commenced the trial production of high purity alumina (HPA) at its recently constructed and commissioned pilot plant.
FYI’s dedicated pilot plant, located in Welshpool, Western Australia, is the result of 12 months of research and development and refining of an innovative process flowsheet which is designed to efficiently and cost effectively process aluminous clay (kaolin) and refine it into the high value product, HPA.
The pilot plant is scheduled to run continuously for seven days on a 24-hours a day basis to demonstrate ‘end to end” processing of FYI’s HPA process flowsheet.
The pilot plant has been collaboratively designed and engineered by FYI’s joint HPA Study Managers: GR Engineering Services and Independent Metallurgical Operations.
Commenting on the commencement of trial production, FYI Managing Director, Roland Hill, said that the Company was absolutely delighted to be starting trial production of HPA from its purpose designed and built pilot plant.
“This occasion represents a major technical and corporate milestone in the commercialisation of the Company’s HPA strategy and is the culmination of a serious amount of dedicated and innovative thinking and effort to bring the plant to production,” said Mr Hill.
“We have great confidence that the trial outcomes will validate our prefeasibility study results and provide excellent data for inputs into our definitive feasibility study that is currently being compiled”.
The resulting HPA end product will be checked for quality control and assurance before being forwarded to end-user and customer groups that FYI has been in advanced discussions with regarding HPA marketing and off-take arrangements.
FYI was recently awarded Lead Agency support from the WA Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation by the Western Australian Premier, Mr Mark McGowan, for FYI’s role in contributing to the delivery of the WA government’s Future Battery Industry Strategy.
The pilot plant is a critical phase in the project development of the Cadoux Kaolin HPA project.