$200m Alumina Plant To Be Built In Gladstone

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Alpha HPA are planning to build a $200 million high purity alumina (HPA) industrial plant in Gladstone, Queensland.

The new plant will occupy a 23-acre space in the Gladstone state development area. The land is currently owned by the Queensland government.

The works will mark Alpha’s transition from a pilot plant to a large-scale manufacturing business.

Managing Director of Alpha, Rimas Kairaitis said that the Gladstone site enables the company to be within 2 kilometres of Orica, which the business has signed a memorandum of understanding with to be its supplier of key process reagents and the offtake of the key by-product for the project.

“A successful pilot plant has been operating in Brisbane, since July 2019, and using a low-cost extraction process we are producing around three kilograms daily of over 99.99 per cent pure alumina,” Kairaitis said.

“We believe there is building global demand for our high purity alumina, with circa 70 lithium ion battery mega-factories under construction across four continents to meet the electric vehicle demand.”

Alpha intent on negotiating the final purchase terms of the land with the state government and commence a full-scale project permitting process.

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Cameron Dick, Queensland’s Minister for State Development, said he was pleased Gladstone had been chosen as the location for the advanced manufacturing business, after completing with two potential interstate sites in Newcastle, New South Wales and Kwinana, Western Australia.

“Delivery of this project would support around 100 new jobs in a new emerging industry with global demand,” Dick said.

“High purity alumina is a rapidly-growing market, being fuelled by the rising demand for high-technology items, such as lithium-ion battery separators used in electric vehicles, particularly in China and Europe.”

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