Feasibility studies of Solution Mining of Potash to be taken up in Rajasthan

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  • January 23, 2021
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Feasibility studies of Solution Mining of Potash to be taken up in Rajasthan

Part of: GS Prelims and GS- III – Sci & tech; Agriculture

In news 

  • A tripartite agreement was signed between Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), Rajasthan State Mines & Minerals Limited (RSMML) and the Department of Mines & Geology (DMG), Govt. of Rajasthan for taking up feasibility studies of Solution Mining of Potash in the state of Rajasthan.

Key takeaways

  • Rajasthan has huge Potash and Halite resources spread across 50,000 sq. kms in the Nagaur – Ganganagar basin in the northwest.
  • Bedded Salt formations are strategically useful for underground oil storage, repositories for hydrogen, ammonia and helium gas, storage of compresser gas and nuclear waste. 
  • Potash & Sodium Chloride from the Bedded Salt are extensively used in the Fertiliser Industry and the Chemical Industry respectively.
  • Paving the way for the 1st Solution Mining project in the country, this project will generate employment.

Important value additions

  • Potash includes various mined and manufactured salts that contain potassium in water-soluble form.
  • The name derives from pot ash, which refers to plant ashes or wood ash soaked in water in a pot, which was the primary means of manufacturing the product before the Industrial Era.
  • Potash is produced worldwide mostly for use in fertilizer.

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