- Mining proposal approved for Altech's Meckering kaolin deposit (M70/1334)
- Important development milestone for supply of kaolin feedstock to Malaysian high purity alumina (HPA) plant
- Approval allows mining to proceed when required
- Stage 1 mining over a two-month campaign stockpiling 3 years' of HPA plant feedstock
The approved submission specifically allows for mining activities to commence within the Company's 100%-owned Meckering mining lease M70/1334, which is located approximately 140km east of Perth.
At Meckering, Altech plans to mine approximately 140,000 tonnes of kaolin once every three years; mining will take place in short two-month mining campaigns. The resultant raw kaolin ore will be stockpiled on site, then containerised into standard shipping containers at the rate of approximately 40,000tpa and shipped to Johor, Malaysia via the port of Fremantle, Western Australia.
Altech managing director Mr Iggy Tan said, "The Company is delighted to have received mining approval for the Meckering kaolin deposit. Whilst the Company will not need to commence mining kaolin until 2018, the approval of the mine is an important developmental milestone that has now been ticked off.
"The next step is the works approval application for the proposed loading facility at Meckering, which is assessed by the Department of Environment Regulation", Mr Tan concluded.
About Altech Chemicals Ltd
Altech Chemicals Limited (ASX:ATC) (FRA:A3Y) is aiming to become one of the world's leading suppliers of 99.99% (4N) high purity alumina (HPA) (Al2O3). HPA is a high-value product because it is the major source material for scratch-resistant artificial sapphire glass. Sapphire glass is used to produce a range of high-performance electronic applications such as LEDs, semi-conductors, phosphor display screens, as well as new emerging products such as smartphones and tablet devices. The global HPA market is approximately 19,040tpa (2014) and is expected to at least double over the coming decade.
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