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MINERAL PROCESSING: Orbite’s alumina pilot plant online

QUEBEC - The alumina pilot production plant in Cap-Chat is operational, marking a critical step toward commercialization for owner Exploration Orbite of Montreal. Moreover, this stage of the project was completed on budget and ahead of...



QUEBEC – The alumina pilot production plant in Cap-Chat is operational, marking a critical step toward commercialization for owner Exploration Orbite of Montreal. Moreover, this stage of the project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, said the company.

The pilot production facility will make it possible to optimize process parameters and production costs and develop the design for a proposed full-scale production facility. It will also serve to evaluate and improve economic parameters and minimize technological risks. Operating this facility will play a key role in demonstrating the economic potential of the 100%-owned Grande-Vallée project in the Gaspé region and Orbite’s patented process.

Grande-Vallée is a large homogenous and strategically located clay deposit with an average grade of 23% to 26% alumina. Orbite has developed a unique method of producing metallurgical alumina from aluminous clay. This can potentially replace $2 billion to$3 billion imported alumina and supply high value added, ultra-pure alumina to the world market as well as other high value substances in the clay, including certain rare earths and semiconductor materials.

A brief history of the process development and a 43-101 report for Grande-Vallée are available at www.ExplorationOrbite.com.