An Australasian resources company has received promising results from a pilot project that will eventually lead to a $238 million metal project in Western Australia.
FYI Resources has successfully achieved a 99.99 per cent target grade of aluminium oxide at its High Purity Alumina (HPA) Pilot Project, 220km northeast of Perth.
The high level of purity from first phase plant results has encouraged the proponent to use the enhanced engineering design criteria for a full-scale plant that could produce an even higher grade of aluminium oxide.
The full sized project would produce 8000 tonnes per annum throughout its 25 year lifespan, and create 140 construction jobs and 200 operational positions.
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‘Achievement is outstanding’
“We are very pleased with the initial round of pilot plant results which demonstrated ‘four nines’ purity in the material produced. The achievement is outstanding and is a fundamental validation that our flow sheet design and our long-term strategy to refine feedstock from our Cadoux project to produce high quality HPA is based on sound technical principles,” FYI managing director Roland Hill said in a public statement.
“We see the results as being critical to the broader development of the flowsheet, particularly in light of several possible improvements that were noted during trial production which we are eager to see how this develops with follow up analysis of the optimised phase of production.”