WA Kaolin advances stage-1 processing plant at Wickepin on target and within budget

WA Kaolin advances stage-1 processing plant at Wickepin on target and within budget

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WA Kaolin Ltd (ASX:WAK) is on target and within budget with the ongoing stage-1 work program at the wholly-owned Wickepin Kaolin Project in Western Australia. Stage-1 is designed to develop a kaolin processing plant with annual production capacity of more than 200,000 tonnes of kaolin by the end of 2021. Building works onsite at Wickepin continue in earnest with 100% of the building structural steel and roofing complete. AUSPAN, one of Australia’s leading steel frame construction companies, has been contracted to carry out the stage-1 building structural design and construction. The contractor has completed 75% of the flooring and 50% of the wall cladding work with the delivery on target. “Delivering great results” WA Kaolin’s CEO Andrew Sorensen said: “The stage-1 work program at Wickepin continues to advance both on target and within budget. “We continue to build the WAK team on the ground and are pleased to report that all the components of the work program that have been contracted externally continue to deliver great results. “It’s an exciting stage for a company like WA Kaolin. “As the build continues, we can see the company’s future taking shape in front of us as the work program proceeds and the plant nears completion later this year ahead of our targeted production by year-end.” Building works continue at Wickepin Kaolin Project in Western Australia. Engineering work The engineering design works on the fixed plant at Wickepin are nearing completion. Whilst some tenders remain open, including the product collection system, key equipment items including silos, bagging station and conveyors have been selected, with some already purchased and ready for installation. The company anticipates beginning the process of commissioning the fixed plant from the end of July 2021. Site management, safety and staff Earlier this month, the company appointed a site construction manager and a plant office administrator, both have started working on the site and reporting to executive director Alf Baker. As the project progresses, the company is likely to make further appointments, particularly in maintenance and operations. The company has also maintained impeccable site management and safety record and has not reported a single incident at the project. Electrical components The company has completed the process engineering part of the electrical components of the stage-1 plant work and has selected the electrical motor control centre (MCC) supplier. As WAK is about to complete the small power design, it is reviewing tenders to select the contractor to build the plant. It has ordered a thermal power generation plant and plans to implement a renewable energy package around mid-2022. The company plans to study operating data from the upcoming thermal plant for designing the optimum solar and battery storage system with the intention to prepare a complete hybrid energy package for the project. Work program moving forward The company plans to continue the stage-1 work program for the next few months until July and expects to commission the plant in the third quarter of 2021. WAK believes it is on target to proceed to the start of production from the Wickepin plant by the end of the year.

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