Monday, 12 May 2014

Processes Involved In Beach Mineral Sand Mining

Heavy Mineral Mining

India is rich in various natural resources. Many states in India like Goa, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka are rich in mineral resources. While Goa is known for its ores, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are recognized for the heavy mineral reserves.

The heavy mineral sand mining industry deals with mining of minerals such as Zircon mining, Ilmenite mining, Rutile mining, Garnet and other Titanium dioxide products.  Most people are unaware of the specifics of the heavy mineral mining industry. Here is how heavy minerals are processed.

There are four stages involved in the processing of beach mineral sands. The primary stage involves the separation of silica and the minerals, for this the sand is transported to the pre-concentration plant where there are two streams created, namely, the Garnet-Zircon-Sillimanite stream and Ilmenite and Rutile stream.          

Both streams then are processed independently and Garnet and Ilmenite are separated. The Garnet is further processed in another unit for washing and sizing. After this process it is packed for export. And Ilmenite if further treated in an independent unit to remove all the impurities.

One of the premier companies that indulge in heavy mineral mining of Garnet is V.V. Mineral. They are India’s biggest mining, manufacturers and exporters of Garnet. They have been awarded as the ‘Number One Garnet Exporters’ of our country. They also undertake Zircon mining, Rutile mining and Ilmenite mining.

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