Orbite Produces First Tonne of High Purity Alumina at Plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec
MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2013) -
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Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") is pleased to announce that it successfully produced its first tonne of high-purity alumina (HPA) during the last week of December 2012 and early January 2013 as part of the initial commissioning and testing activities at its commercial-scale HPA production plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec. HPA samples were independently tested by EAG confirming that an initial purity of greater than 4N (4N+) was achieved during this initial production period. Further commissioning activities -- and optimization of the purity towards 5N and greater -- are expected to take up to two months to complete and are proceeding according to schedule.
"This is a great moment for Orbite. The initial production demonstrates the Company's ability to design, build, and operate a commercial alumina facility on-time and on-spec using its unique patented technology," said Richard Boudreault, President and CEO of Orbite Aluminae. "Given that the ground breaking for the HPA plant was barely more than six months ago, our ability to make so much progress in this very short timeframe only highlights the simplicity and robustness of our innovative process."
"We are also very pleased to have commissioned the acid regeneration circuit, achieving acid recovery rates during HPA calcination of over 99.99 percent, as independently measured by CMI-UVK, which is superior to the 99.75% that was expected and is equivalent to 25x less acid loss than anticipated," said Denis Primeau, Eng., Chief Engineer of Orbite Aluminae. "All of which further demonstrates the viability of using our proprietary process to produce smelter-grade alumina (SGA) at our proposed SGA plant."
Boudreault added that he wanted to thank all of Orbite's employees and suppliers for their hard work during the past six months to build and commence production at the Cap Chat facility, and in particular those who worked through the holidays to reach this important milestone toward becoming a leading HPA provider.