FYI Resources Ltd’s (ASX:FYI) (FRA:SDL) scheduled high purity alumina (HPA) pilot plant trial in collaboration with Alcoa Australia Limited has concluded successfully, achieving expected operational performances.
It also further demonstrates the potential for commercial production of HPA via FYI’s innovative flowsheet design.
The trial HPA will be sent to the US for independent analysis to confirm the target grade has been achieved and samples will soon be made available to potential customers for application qualification.
Active and exciting first half next year
FYI managing director Roland Hill said: “We were, yet again, extremely pleased with the pilot plant’s operating performance.
“The project team excelled in delivering in what we consider, a very successful result.
“FYI’s planned systematic development of our innovative flowsheet continues to demonstrate the effectiveness and efficiency of our HPA process.
“The information and data generated from this trial will also lead into further refinements to our final design.
“With the trial now successfully completed, we look forward to receiving the pilot plant trial results in the new year and progressing our project development, including continuing the MOU discussions with Alcoa.
“We see a very active and exciting first half next year”.
HPA produced of excellent quality
The collaborative pilot plant operation was aimed at demonstrating the complete metallurgical process using the best scale-up practices to replicate commercial production as a condition precedent to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Alcoa.
The pilot plant trial replicated FYI’s designed and engineered process flowsheet.
It operated continuously for seven consecutive days for 24 hours a day to show the “end-to-end” operational efficiency of FYI’s innovative HPA refining process.
The HPA produced during the trial operation was consistent with previous trials and appeared to be of excellent quality.
The HPA will be checked for quality control and assurance jointly and then forwarded by FYI to targeted end-user and customer groups for on-going product qualification.
Offtake arrangement talks
FYI has been in advanced discussions with a number of Tier-1 industry groups across the lithium-ion battery separator, Sapphire glass and other specialty markets regarding HPA marketing and offtake arrangements.
The HPA market is growing at around 17% compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to HPA commodity research group CRU.