India’s IREL to set up monazite-based trisodium phosphate plant

31 December 2008 14:16  [Source: ICIS news]

NEW DELHI (ICIS news)--Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) will set up a monazite processing project to produce trisodium phosphate and five other chemicals at its Orissa Sands Complex (OSCOM) in the Ganjam district of Orissa State, a company official said on Wednesday.

The project would have plant to produce 13,500 tonnes/year of trisodium phosphate, which finds applications in manufacture of detergents, textiles and sugar.

It would also have a unit for producing 10,375 tonnes/year of rare earth chloride, which is used in the manufacture of paints, fine chemicals, zeolite catalysts, textiles and paper.

In addition, the project would have units for production of rare earth fluoride, thorium oxalate, ammonium di-uranate and helium gas. 

The company is in the process of securing environmental approval for the project. It has also started a parallel exercise of selecting EPC contractors for different units of the project.

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By: Naresh Minocha
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