FYI, Alcoa to begin extended pilot plant production of high purity alumina

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FYI Resources has partnered with Alcoa Australia to undertake an extended high purity alumina (HPA) trial production run at its pilot plant facility in Welshpool, Western Australia.

According to FYI’s statement, the objectives of the pilot plant trial include demonstrating processing efficiencies for the production of HPA via its innovative and fully integrated process flowsheet.

“The extended pilot run will produce HPA that will be used for further detailed product qualification and assessment by prospective customers and offtake parties,” reads the statement.

“A portion of the output will also be used to progress broader applications and downstream opportunities as previously foreshadowed, including HPA anode development.”

FYI Resources Managing Director Roland Hill said the upcoming extended pilot plant trial is an important phase in the company’s HPA project development.

“We are excited that we are approaching this milestone with Alcoa as it provides us with an ideal opportunity to finalise our initial design and engineering prior to progressing the final engineering phases,” Mr Hill stated.

“The significant quantity of HPA generated from the pilot plant will support our customer outreach program, including the provision of further assessment material as requested by the various potential off-take parties seeking to undertake detailed qualification studies on our high quality HPA.”

According to FYI’s statement, pilot plant production is scheduled to commence on 19th October with around-the-clock operations for two weeks. A short break will be used to analyse production data before a further two weeks of continuous operations.

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