LONDON Orbite Aluminae
Inc. is close to completing construction of its high-purity
alumina plant in Quebec and has initiated commissioning on many
sections of the facility, the Montreal-based alumina start-up
All of the "critical equipment"
is in place and the company is on schedule to begin commercial
production in the spring, it said.
"Initiation of the commissioning
is an important milestone for the high-purity alumina plant. As
a result, we expect to achieve initial production in the near
term and commercial production, as planned, for the start of
the second quarter 2013," Orbite president and chief executive
officer Richard Boudreault said in a statement.
Production capacity will
gradually increase from less than 1 tonne per day of
high-purity alumina at the beginning of 2013 to 3 tonnes per
day by mid-2013 and 5 tonnes per day at this time next year,
The facility will also produce
gallium and scandium oxides once a recovery circuit is
completed in mid-2013, Orbite said.
The company is also moving
forward with its plans for an aluminum smelter-grade alumina
plant, which Boudreault said is now undergoing a feasibility
study. The metallurgical alumina plant is expected to begin
production by the end of 2013 or 2014.