The company is currently completing the implementation stage for testing of feedstock for the production of kaolin to high purity alumina (HPA) from its 100%-owned Cadoux Kaolin Project in Western Australia.
The pilot plant has been designed and engineered to test the HPA production flowsheet developed by FYI to assess the supporting process engineering technology and to optimise and de-risk the flowsheet ahead of full-scale production.
Pilot plant timeline
FYI managing director Roland Hill, said: “The pilot plant is another key element of our disciplined HPA strategy that will ensure the Cadoux Kaolin Project is de-risked towards production.
“We have arranged to deliver sufficient quantities of HPA product to our potential customers, which will greatly assist in negotiating binding off-take agreements and importantly project financing.
“We are looking forward to seeing the results of our pilot plant trials and correlating them against our test work to validate our ultra-high quality HPA process and importantly, to support our PFS and BFS economic case.”
FYI’s flowsheet design is a collaboration between the company’s project metallurgical manager, IMO, and process engineering manager, GR Engineering (GRES).
The pilot plant is located at IMO’s metallurgical laboratory in Welshpool, Western Australia, in an area permitted for the purposes of the test work.
FYI’s dedicated pilot plant test work facility arriving at Welshpool
The pilot plant has been designed and engineered to produce high quality, ultra-pure 99.99% (4N) and 99.999% (5N) alumina (Al2O3) for the fast-growing high specification HPA market.
The pilot plant is expected to optimise the HPA flowsheet designed by the company and to de-risk the operational performance of the process.