India’s largest integrated manufacturer of stainless steel has announced the commissioning of a state-of-the-art metal recovery plant in association with the HARSCO Corporation, a company claiming worldwide leadership in the provision of material processing and environmental services.

Jindal Stainless Ltd (JSL) says that the ‘technologically advanced plant is part of a multi-year contract to provide on-site material processing services by HARSCO and will be located at JSL’s fully integrated stainless steel facility at Jajpur, Odisha.

The HARSCO system will enable the recovery of the trapped metal (Ferro Chrome) from slag generated during Ferro Chrome production and will help enhance production capacity by minimising wastage. JSL was losing 5000-6000 tonnes of metal per year, which will now be recovered using HARSCO’s new technology.

S. Bhattacharya, director operations at JSL said that the company was always committed to protecting the environment and minimising wastage of precious metals and minerals during the production process. “This technology will help JSL to reduce the wastage of precious natural resources and will also help to reduce the amount of new metals and minerals, which would otherwise have been purchased or extracted from Mother Nature”, he said.

Rick Lundgren, president, metals & minerals division at HARSCO, said that the Jajpur site offered HARSCO a ‘major opportunity’ to demonstrate it’s ‘higher performing value proposition’ within one of the world’s leading stainless steel markets.

The facility at Jajpur includes a liquid slag dumping facility; a rumbler unit for recovery of medium-sized metal pieces; a crushing unit for the recovery of small pieces of metal embedded in slag; and a wet milling plant to segregate fine metallic pieces from slag to ensure that processed slag has a very low metallic content.