GMDC mulls setting up rare earth processing unit in Gujarat

01 Sep 2022

State-run GMDC says it is contemplating conducting a study to determine the economic viability of setting up a rare earth elements processing unit in Gujarat’s Chotaudepur district. Rare-earth elements, (REE) also known as rare-earth metals, are crucial to developing green energy technologies like permanent magnets for electric vehicles and wind turbines and LEDs.

Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC) "is looking at conducting a scoping study to determine the economic viability of the project and outline at least one opportunity to develop the processing plant for the deposit at Ambadongar, Chotaudepur district in Gujarat state in India," the company said in a statement.

The company also plans to carry out a pre-economic assessment for the Ambadongar deposit involving, among other things, formulating a process flow design and all relevant testing for beneficiation and rare earth elements oxide production.

"We at GMDC will ensure the establishment of a complete value chain for REE elements, estimating the investments required for ventures with possible returns over time in the state," the company's Managing Director Roopwant Singh said.

Rare earth elements are used extensively in advanced technology products and also have commercial, industrial and military applications. China has a monopoly in the segment, meeting 95 per cent of the global demand.

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