Alpha HPA awarded $15.5m grant to expand high purity alumina production

Alpha HPA receives a grant of up to $15.5m from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources to increase its high purity alumina production.

Alpha HPA Limited (Alpha) has received notification from the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources that its application for grant funding under the Critical Minerals Accelerator Initiative (CMAI) has been approved for up to $15.5m to expand and accelerate its high purity alumina production.

The CMAI grant activities are separate and distinct from those under the successful approval of $45m under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative Collaboration Stream (MMI-C) as announced on 16 March 2022, where grant monies will be directed towards the capital requirements of the HPA first project’s full-scale commercial facility.

The $15.5m CMAI grant funds will be applied toward expanding and accelerating the production capability of the Precursor Production Facility (PPF).

Accelerating high purity alumina production

Alpha’s Managing Director, Rimas Kairaitis commented: “Alpha is delighted to receive further financial and commercial support for the HPA First Project from the Australian Federal Government. These additional funds will allow Alpha to accelerate its response to inbound demand for additional product volumes, in particular the production of HPA tablets to meet the immediate demand for sapphire glass production, and rapidly establish Alpha HPA in the supply chain at commercial volumes.”

The funds will be directed towards facilitating up to 10 tonnes per annum of additional capacity of high purity alumina (HPA) production and high purity boehmite production each.

This CMAI grant funding will be specifically directed towards:

  • Further expanding PPF production capacity of high purity aluminium precursors;
  • Facilitating up to 10tpa of additional capacity of high purity alumina (HPA) production;
  • Facilitating up to 10tpa of additional capacity of high purity boehmite production;
  • Facilitating the addition of tabletting capacity to produce HPA tablets for sapphire glass growth; and
  • Installation of a large rooftop solar array and battery storage capacity.

Alpha will seek to swiftly finalise a grant agreement with the Department of Industry.

Alpha HPA

Alpha is an Australian based company, supporting the clean energy transition to decarbonise technologies through the production of high purity alumina. The company utilises their hyper-efficient licenced Smart SX Technology to produce sustainable HPA.

The company is fully funded for commercial production at its stage one PPF which is scheduled to commence production for the company’s high purity aluminium precursors from the September 2022 quarter.

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