Altech Chemicals Ltd (ASX:ATC) has submitted the development order application to local authorities for its proposed high purity alumina (HPA) plant in Johor, Malaysia, following the receipt of a land sub-title number for its site.
The company has been advised that the development order approval timeline is typically 6-8 weeks.
However, Altech is working with its contractor SMS group GmbH and local authorities for the earlier commencement of bulk earthworks and the mobilisation of various sub-contractors, to maintain project momentum.
Earlier this month, the company announced that it had finalised its HPA plant site layout and building design, a final requirement before the submission of the development order application.
The final layout and design incorporate results from the recently completed site geotechnical survey and feedback from pre-construction consultation meetings between SMS group GmbH, local authorities, and Malaysian permitting consultant WKL & Associates.
Altech’s final site layout comprises three production buildings:
• Building 1: Kaolin beneficiation
• Building 2: Leach & neutralisation
• Building 3: HPA production & HCL (hydrochloric acid) recycle plant
The HPA production buildings have been laid at the site in Johor to closely reflect the order of the kaolin to HPA chemical process illustrated in Altech’s process flow sheet.