FYI Resources Ltd (ASX: FYI) has received analytical results indicating more than 99.998% Al2O3 purity was consistently achieved from the recently completed high purity alumina (HPA) pilot plant trial conducted in collaboration with Alcoa of Australia Limited.
FYI Managing Director, Roland Hill, said the result represents an outstanding outcome and is further validation of FYI’s innovative HPA flowsheet design.
The analytical results suggest the trial achieved purity levels higher than anticipated, which is a result of progressive enhancements to the flowsheet and improvements to operational procedures from previous trials including the use of an alternative feedstock supplied by Alcoa. FYI considers the outcome to be of significant relevance in improving project economics for potential commercial production.
We are delighted with the exceptional results from the joint pilot plant trial. The achievement continues to demonstrate the outstanding qualities of our flowsheet in delivering consistent and reliably high quality HPA product – a key requirement from a customer perspective,” Mr Hill said.
“FYI is encouraged by the outcomes of the pilot plant and will continue to progress with the development of our HPA strategy and advancing the MOU conditions with Alcoa.”
Following the final product finishing work of the trial HPA, samples will be sent to several potential off-take parties for further product qualification – particularly directed towards lithium-ion battery (LiB) markets.
FYI has developed an innovative processing flowsheet design that has demonstrated the capability for the production of high purity, high quality HPA. Previous production trials have resulted in outstanding quality HPA which is currently being assessed by potential off-take parties.
In September 2020, FYI and Alcoa announced an for the potential joint development of FYI’s innovative, fully integrated, high quality HPA project.
Collaborative operation and demonstration of FYI’s pilot plant is one of several conditions’ precedent under the MOU.