Orbite Aluminae Inc.

January 31, 2007 11:08 ET

Grande-Vallee: Preliminary Results in the Alumina Extraction Process Developed by the CEPROCQ

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Exploration Orbite VSPA Inc. (TSX VENTURE:ORT.A) wishes to announce that 'Centre d'etudes des procedes chimiques du Quebec' (CEPROCQ) is completing on schedule the laboratory phase in the development of an alumina extraction process for the Grande-Vallee deposit. Orbite presents performance preliminary results stemming from this phase.

An early result from the development process obtained from laboratory experiments indicates that a ratio of around 20% of alumina by mass can be extracted from the raw Grande-Vallee clay. The raw clay contains approximately 24% of alumina at the onset. The specialty alumina purity at the 20% extraction ratio is 99.99%. A purity of better than 99.999% can be obtained if a trade-off with the extraction ratio is applied. Such levels of purity are compatible with products that can be used in fabricating specialty optical fibers, optical glasses or orthopedic replacement joints; they represent high margins potential for Orbite. The CEPROCQ processes also generate as a side benefit ionic aluminum and ionic iron which have markets of their own right.

According to Dr Serge Alex, Principal Scientist at CEPROCQ, "The technology strategy used has lead the development of an extraction process with very interesting potential of economic viability for the level of quality sought".

According to the National Instrument 43-101, Orbite must state that no pre-feasibility or feasibility analyses have yet been produced using these results.


'CEPROCQ' is a technology transfer center located in Montreal whose mission is to support companies involved in chemistry and related sectors. Since its inception in 1997, CEPROCQ has been involved, among other areas, in the field of mineral extraction, a sector in which it has successfully developed a number of original technologies. Moreover, CEPROCQ and IPC (Institute for chemistry & petro-chemistry) was recently awarded with a 4.8M$ facility expansion grant from Minister Raymond Bachand as part of the new Quebec Science and Technology policy.

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