In Cap-Chat, Orbite's high purity alumina (HPA) production plant is materially complete. In addition to producing HPA, once converted to the Company’s chloride process, the facility will play a key role in the technical realization of the Company’s waste monetization and commodity minerals initiatives.

Production activities are expected to commence late in Q4 2017. The Company expects commercial production and ramp up to 3 tpd of HPA in early 2018.

HPA Facility Timeline*

FROM Q1 2017
  • Supplier-related calcination system deficiencies being addressed
Q4 2017
  • Start of production activities at HPA plant
Q1 2018
  • Commercial production and ramp up to 3 tpd
H1 2018
  • HPA 5 tpd capacity: Detailed engineering and cost estimates
  • Waste monetization: Preliminary engineering for conversion to chloride-based technology
Q3 2018
  • Decision to prioritize HPA plant expansion to 5 tpd capacity or conversion of the HPA plant’s extraction unit to multiple feedstocks including aluminous clays, red mud, fly ash and mine tailings.

 

*: Subject to raising adequate financing