Alumina, or aluminium oxide (Al2O3), is typically produced through the processing of aluminium-bearing minerals found in bauxite. These minerals include gibbsite (γ-Al(OH)3), bӧhmite  (γ-AlO(OH)) and diaspore (α-ALO(OH)). Australia produces approximately 28% of the world’s Bauxite and approximately 16% of the world’s alumina (USGS 2018). To date the most widely used process for alumina extraction is the Bayer process. The Bayer process involves a number of key steps including: milling, digestion, desilication, clarification, precipitation and calcination. The refined alumina product from the Bayer process is a dry, pure white, sand-like material.

Alumina produced through the Bayer process is primarily used for the production of aluminium through the process known as the Hall–Héroult process. Additionally it is also often used in refractories, ceramics, polishing and abrasive applications.

Range of Capabilities:

  • Metallurgical testplans
  • Project management
  • Metallurgical summary reports
  • Flowsheets
  • Mass balances
  • P&IDs
  • Vendor evaluation
  • Project implementation
  • Engineering studies
  • Environmental studies
  • Process description/Equipment lists
  • Detailed design

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Project Experience:

Alcoa AluminaVarious projects including characterising different bauxite ore types, mill surveys, specific surveys, various testwork
Worsley AluminaDue diligence when Reynolds sold their interest including digestion studies and efficiency upgrade
Australian BauxiteTestwork and consulting for Direct Shipping Ore including washing trials to meet specification
Guinea Bauxite ProjectAssistance with feasibility study
GuineaBauxite Project Consulting
Aughinish AluminaStudies and process improvements
Confidential Client – Expert WitnessIssue over a Alumina Smelter in Canada
Attended supreme court in Melbourne on behalf of our client
High Purity AluminaScoping Study
High Purity AluminaTestwork

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