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Orbite facility step closer to completion

Keywords: Tags  Orbite Aluminae, Glenn R. Kelly, alumina, high-purity alumina, HPA, calcination equipment, production facility, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — Orbite Aluminae Inc. is moving closer to completing its high-purity alumina production facility in Cap-Chat, Quebec.

The Montreal-based company, which produces alumina from aluminous clay rather than traditional bauxite, recently signed a $10-million financing deal with a U.S. institutional investor to help finish the project.

Following the financing deal, Orbite took delivery of calcinator equipment that included a combination of refractory and solids handling devices, representing about 50 percent of the total calcination system investment.

"Having received this first part of the calcination system is significant and brings us that much closer to actual production," president and chief executive officer Glenn R. Kelly said in a statement. "We continue to execute well against our 12-month time line and are on schedule for commercial production in the first quarter of 2015."

Orbite expects the facility to produce about 3 tonnes per day when fully operational.

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