Tasmania’s bauxite miner is increasing production as it continues to target potential aluminium fluoride production at Bell Bay.
Australian Bauxite Limited said new orders had been received for fertiliser grade bauxite from its Bald Hill Mine, near Campbell Town.
It said agricultural fertiliser demand was increasing as droughts broke.
In its June quarter report, the company said it had produced 35,000 tonnes of cement grade bauxite and transported it to the Bell Bay port ahead of the sales timetable and delivered an urgent order of 778 tonnes of fertiliser grade bauxite as part of an ongoing contract to the Impact Fertilisers plant in Hobart.
Australian Bauxite said 89 per cent-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited had continued achieving milestones in its laboratory, including producing many samples of commercial chemical grade aluminium fluoride.
It described aluminium fluoride as a high-priced ingredient in aluminium smelters and said it was used in lithium ion batteries.
Australian Bauxite said ALCORE was the world’s first producer of aluminium fluoride from recycling aluminium smelter waste and low-grade bauxite.
ALCORE would become Australia’s first aluminium fluoride supplier to Australasian smelters and for export.
Australian Bauxite said aluminium fluoride was a “strategically essential mineral product” for aluminium smelters and it was continuing discussions with governments and supportive aluminium companies.
It said it was targeting industrial sites near the Bell Bay aluminium smelter for its first production plant.