CHANDIGARH, Apr 12: Vedanta, India’s largest producer of aluminium and its value-added products today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with research institutes for value-creation from bauxite residue (red mud), which is a by-product generated during processing of bauxite.
Along with peer aluminium producers, Vedanta signed partnership with three research institutes namely CSIR-National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML), Jamshedpur, Institute of Minerals and Materials Technology (IMMT), Bhubaneswar and Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research, Development & Design Centre (JNARDDC) Nagpur.
“All three research institutes shall work together to develop technologies for bauxite residue utilization, like red mud beneficiation for REE enrichment, recovery of alumina values, recovery of iron values and process for extraction and separation of Titanium and REEs (La, Ce, Y, Sc). Once established, the processes will be validated through an integrated facility,” said Rahul Sharma, Deputy CEO Aluminium Vedanta Limited.
Bauxite residue has many metal values like Iron, Alumina, Rare Earth Elements (REE) and Titanium Dioxide. Creating indigenous capabilities for extraction of REEs from bauxite residue has been the brainchild of NITI Aayog, he said and added that our world-class operations were guided by the sustainability tenets of ‘Zero Harm, Zero Waste and Zero Discharge’.
“Implementing new age solutions for efficient waste management and creation of circular economy is ingrained in our decision-making process,” Rahul Sharma said.
He further said that under this MoU, our aim is to maximize value-extraction from bauxite residue for further usage downstream.