Joda: Tata Steel unveiled the Solid Liquid Separation (SLS) Plant for Gas Cleaning Plant (GCP) slurry at its Ferro Alloys Plant (FAP) at Joda, in Keonjhar district, Odisha.
The SLS plant was inaugurated on January 29, 2018, by Rajeev Singhal, vice president, raw materials, Tata Steel, in the presence of MC Thomas, executive-in-charge, Ferro Alloys and Minerals Division (FAMD); RR Satpathy, general manager, operations, FAMD, Tata Steel; GP Sahu, head, FAP, Joda, and others.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr Singhal said, “As responsible corporate, Tata Steel had been undertaking several such initiatives that contributes towards sustainability of the environment. The SLS Plant, besides conserving water, would prevent water from sludge pits percolating into ground and contaminating ground water.”
Installed at a cost of nearly Rs8 crore at FAP, Joda, the SLS plant is an environment-friendly initiative, set to recover manganese-rich solid from the wet gas cleaning plant slurry. Water recovered by the processing of GCP slurry will be fully recycled, leading to water conservation to the tune of 15 cubic metres per hour.
Also, the recovery of manganese-rich solids makes it possible to recycle the same, for production of Ferro Manganese. It helps conserve valuable high-grade manganese ore and use lower grade of Fe-rich manganese ore. Manganese-rich solid cakes from the new SLS plant will be used for production of Ferro Manganese after suitable agglomeration.
FAP-Joda, set up in 1958 with an installed capacity 36KMT, presently produces 50KMT of High Carbon Ferro Manganese per annum.