Vedanta Aluminium has signed an MoU with Orissa’s Institute of Mineral and Materials Technology (IMMT) to utilize expertise available within the state and to develop technology for recovering valuable materials from waste generated in alumina and aluminium industry.
The MoU was signed by Mukesh Kumar, COO, Vedanta Aluminium, and Prof. Barada Kanta Mishra, director, IMMT on Monday at
Speaking on the occassion, Mukesh Kumar said its alumina refinery has already implemented zero discharge system and that the partnership with the research institute would "help us in realizing our vision to make the refinery a zero waste plant". Red Mud generated from the alumina refinery is rich in titanium, vanadium, iron, etc and waste utilization would result in conservation of natural resources as well as reducing operating costs to a great extent, he added.
"The partnership between Vedanta and IMMT would further strengthen the interface between industry and institutions,” said Prof. Baradakanta Mishra, director, IMMT. He said the institute has already developed technologies like utilization of red mud in bricks/ tiles manufacturing, recovery of carbon value from spent pot lining and production of pig iron from red mud. "The association with Vedanta will definitely be a bench mark as IMMT is planning to concentrate more research in bauxite treatment as well as waste utilization as Orissa is one of the largest depositories of bauxite minerals having in excess of 1.5 billion tonnes," he said.
Vedanta Aluminium will provide financial and other technological support and has presented a cheque of Rs 1 crore towards corpus fund for various R&D projects.
Source: Financial Express