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  • ChemX Materials (CMX) is undergoing its final stage of integrated process commissioning at its HiPurA high purity alumina (HPA) micro plant in Western Australia
  • The HiPurA process is expected to produce HPA with significantly lower levels of energy and reagent usage, resulting in lower capital and operating costs
  • ChemX is also progressing a pre-feasibility study for the plant, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2022
  • Shares in ChemX are up 3.33 per cent, trading at 15.5 cents as of 10:02 am AEST

Materials technology company ChemX Materials (CMX) is undergoing its final stage of integrated process commissioning at its HiPurA high purity alumina (HPA) micro plant in Western Australia.

Key objectives of the plant operation include the optimisation of processes and controls under continuous operation, achieving a 99.99 per cent purity HPA on a consistent basis, and ongoing production of samples of HPA for customer qualification testing.

COO Peter Lee said commissioning and running the HiPurA HPA process under continuous operation will be a significant milestone for the technology.

“The micro plant operation will allow the company to optimise the current pre-feasibility study (PFS) and achieve a major competitive step forward by providing product samples to potential customers,” Mr Lee said.

“Successful commissioning will also demonstrate the potential to offer customers a scalable, modular plant to supply HPA with significantly shorter plant construction times to feed directly into their lithium-ion battery supply chain.”

The HiPurA process is expected to produce HPA with significantly lower levels of energy and reagent usage, resulting in lower capital and operating costs than most incumbent and potential producers.

Throughout the PFS process work undertaken, ChemX has identified several opportunities to optimise the process design, equipment modifications and scale.

As such, the company confirmed the work streams will have a positive impact in terms of a reduction in capital and operating costs.

As a result, ChemX will extend completion of the PFS into the third quarter of 2022 to complete these work streams.

Shares in ChemX were up 3.33 per cent, trading at 15.5 cents as of 10:02 am AEST.

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