MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Sept. 6, 2012) - In an important move toward the development of its Quebec operations, Orbite Aluminae (TSX:ORT) (the "Company" or "Orbite") today announced it has received a 20-year renewable mining lease (BM 1013) on its Grande-Vallée property. Granted by the Ministère des Ressources naturelles et de la Faune du Québec, Quebec's Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife, the lease is a significant step in supporting the feasibility study currently underway for Orbite's smelter-grade alumina (SGA) production plant as well as for the high-purity alumina (HPA) operations.
"The mining lease demonstrates that Orbite is meeting key milestones and progressing according to schedule," said Richard Boudreault, President and CEO of Orbite. "We very much appreciate the Ministry's support and look forward to positively contributing to the community, the Province of Quebec, and Canada's global technology leadership within the mining sector."
"We are happy to see a mining project with economic, ecological, and environmentally responsible values developing in the Gaspé region, and we support it," said Chief Claude Janotte of the Gespeg Micmac Nation.
The first 90-acre mining lease permits a renewable 20-year period of mining on approximately 70 million tonnes of aluminous clay, which is in line with Orbite's Revised Preliminary Economic Assessment dated May 30, 2012 (see May 31, 2012 press release http://www.orbitealuminae.com/media/upload/news/PRESSRELEASE_REVISED_PEA-VF.pdf).
Orbite also announces that it is 7 to 10 days ahead of schedule on the construction of it High Purity Alumina (HPA) plant situated in Cap-Chat, expected to start production in Q1 2013.
The technical content of this press release has been reviewed and approved by Marc Filion, a qualified person under the terms of Regulation 43-101 Respecting Standards of Disclosure for Mineral Projects (Quebec). Mr. Filion is a Consultant of Orbite, and as such, is not independent pursuant to NI 43-101.
Orbite Aluminae Inc. is a Canadian cleantech company whose innovative technologies are setting the new standard for alumina production. Orbite technologies enable environmentally-neutral extraction of smelter-grade alumina (SGA), high-purity alumina (HPA) and high-value elements, including rare earths and rare metals, from a variety of sources such as aluminous clay and bauxite, without generating the toxic red mud residue that the traditional Bayer process produces. The Company owns ten different families of intellectual property rights (and patents pending) filed across the world for the extraction of alumina at the highest standards of sustainability. Orbite also owns exclusive mining rights over a total of 60,984 hectares, including the 6,665-hectare Grande-Vallée property, the site of an aluminous clay deposit in Quebec, Canada. An NI 43-101 compliant report identified over 1 billion tonnes of aluminous clay in part of this deposit. Orbite is currently converting its 2,600 m2 pilot plant in Cap-Chat, Quebec, Canada, into a full-scale high-purity alumina production facility, and expects this plant to be fully operational in early 2013. The Company also anticipates the launch of construction of its first SGA plant towards the end of 2013. Orbite plans to offer SGA and HPA products and to license its low processing cost technologies to well-qualified producers who want to reduce their environmental footprint. Orbite has recently entered into partnerships with the world's largest aluminum producer, UC Rusal, and Asia's largest aluminum complex, National Aluminium Company Limited.
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