Orbite Technologies Inc. (TSX: ORT) (OTCQX: EORBF) (“Orbite”, or the “Company”) today announced that, further to its press release of November 11, 2016, production activities continue to progress positively at its high purity alumina (“HPA”) plant.
- As reported on November 11, feedstock digestion continues to operate automatically and smoothly, and digestion liquors continue to be transferred to the crystallisation circuit for the production of aluminum chloride hexahydrate (“ACH”) crystals, the precursor to HPA.
- In preparation for the calcination of the produced ACH into HPA, the Company continues to produce amorphous HPA to constitute the initial ‘bed’ in the fluidized bed decomposer and calciner. This HPA is produced using the Company’s legacy low-capacity Harper decomposer and production of the bed material continues to progress positively.
- The heating up sequence of the decomposer and calciner reactors has commenced and is progressing well. Accordingly, the Company anticipates introducing the required quantity of bed material into the new calcination system soon, which will be followed by the calcination of ACH into HPA.
“We continue to progress towards calcination of the produced ACH into HPA and will be commencing this final production step soon,” stated Glenn Kelly, CEO of Orbite. “While the production of the amorphous HPA takes time due to the low capacity nature of the Harper equipment, the HPA process and its different systems continue to perform well. Based on our progress to date, we are confident of being a commercial producer of 5N+ HPA soon.”
Orbite Technologies Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative and proprietary processes are expected to produce alumina and other high-value 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, fly ash as well as serpentine residues from chrysotile processing sites. Orbite is currently in the process of 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 Company’s portfolio contains 16 intellectual property families, including 45 patents and 71 pending patent applications in 11 different countries and regions. The first intellectual property family is patented in Canada, USA, Australia, China, Japan and Russia. The Company also operates a state of the art technology development center in Laval, Québec, where its technologies are developed and validated.
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