Alpha HPA has its sights set on a 2023 start for large-scale production at its planned $308 million high purity alumina (HPA) plant in Gladstone.
The company last week announced that the Queensland Co-ordinator General had approved its application for a material change of use to construct the processing plant in the Gladstone State Development Area.
And Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Steven Miles today marked that milestone with a site visit, hailing the HPA First project as a great coup that would see 120 jobs created.
“This means Gladstone is now one step closer to becoming the home of an exciting new industry, with the production and export of high purity alumina used around the world in new-economy manufacturing,” he said.
“The high purity alumina will provide the raw materials used by low-carbon growth industries including LED lighting and lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles.”
Alpha HPA managing director Rimas Kairaitis said the company was looking forward to starting production in Gladstone, currently set for early 2023.
“Alpha HPA looked at interstate locations in New South Wales and Western Australia but chose Queensland and the Gladstone SDA because of the facilities and access to key industry partners and infrastructure,” Mr Kairaitis said.
“We have already signed a memorandum of understanding with Orica, who are also located in the Gladstone SDA, for the supply and offtake of the chemical reagents we use to produce HPA.
“We are also progressing agreements in place with Gladstone SDA businesses for the supply of feed product and utilities.”
Alpha HPA plans to produce about 10,000tpa of high purity alumina at the HPA First project in Gladstone, using its own solvent extraction and HPA refining technology.
It is operating a Brisbane-based pilot plant to meet HPA test orders, with products including HPA, boehmite and high-purity aluminium precursors.