MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Sept. 3, 2014) - Orbite Aluminae Inc. (TSX:ORT)(OTCQX:EORBF) ("Orbite" or the "Company") today provides an update on progress of the construction of its three tonnes per day high purity alumina ("HPA") facility, at Cap-Chat, in Québec.
Further to the Company's announcement of August 6, 2014, the first phase of the construction project, the structural reinforcement of the HPA building for the subsequent installation of the Outotec calcination equipment, has been completed.
Fabrication of the calcination equipment at Outotec's Burlington, Ontario facilities is complete and installation at site is slated to commence the week of September 8th, following curing of the new foundation to support the equipment. The mechanical contract for this installation has been awarded to CNC Mechanical (2002) Inc of Boucherville, Québec. Management anticipates installation of the decomposition and calcination reactors to take up to 6 weeks, in line with Orbite's construction schedule, and will be followed by refractory installation and curing. The refractory installation contract is presently under negotiation.
"We are excited to be entering the next stage in our project," stated Denis Arguin, Orbite's VP of Engineering and Operations. "With each reactor weighing some 30 tonnes and both measuring approximatively 3.5 by 4.5 by 9 meters, the calcination unit is a sizeable and complex system that requires an experienced and reputable party to complete installation. We are therefore pleased to have CNC Mechanical (2002) Inc commit to this phase of the project. Overall, work on the HPA facility continues on schedule for commercial production in Q1 of 2015."
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative and proprietary processes are expected to produce alumina and other high-value by-products, such as rare earth and rare metal oxides, at one of the lowest costs in the industry, and in a sustainable fashion, using feedstocks that include aluminous clay, kaolin, nepheline, bauxite, red mud and fly ash. Orbite is currently finalizing its first commercial high-purity alumina (HPA) production plant in Cap-Chat, Québec and has completed the basic engineering for a proposed smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant, which would use clay mined from its Grande-Vallée deposit. The Corporation's intellectual property portfolio contains 16 intellectual property families, and the Corporationowns the intellectual property rights to 11 patents and 72 pending patent applications in 10 different countries. The first intellectual property family is patented in Canada, USA, Australia, China, and Russia. The Corporation also operates a state of the art technology development center in Laval, Québec, where its technologies are developed and validated.
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