Indian Rare Earths

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IREL (India) Limited
Indian Rare Earths Limited
State-owned enterprise
IndustryMining and Mineral Industry
Founded18 August 1950[1]
HeadquartersPlot No.1207,Veer Savakar Marg, Prabhadevi, near Siddhi Vinayak temple, ,
Key people
Deependra Singh, Chairman & Managing Director [2]
ProductsIlmenite, rutile, zircon, sillimanite, mixed RE chloride, Th nitrate, La carbonate, Tri sod phosphate
RevenueIncrease616 crore (US$89 million) (2017-2018)
Increase124 crore (US$18 million) (2017-2018)
Number of employees
1521 as on 31.03.2018

IREL (India) Limited (Formally Indian Rare Earths Limited) is a government-owned corporation Mini-Ratna Category A, Schedule B Company, in India based in Mumbai. It was incorporated as a private limited company and jointly owned by the Government of India. Government of India took control of IREL in 1963 under the administrative control of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). It was incorporated with the primary intention of taking up commercial scale processing of monazite sand at its first unit namely Rare Earths Division (RED), Aluva, Kochi for the recovery of thorium.[3]

IREL commissioned its largest division called Orissa Sand Complex (OSCOM)[4] at Chhatrapur, Odisha.[5][6] Today IREL operates these four units along with a corporate office in Mumbai[7] and a unit located in Manavalakurichi of Kanyakumari district.[8] It produces/sells six heavy minerals namely ilmenite, rutile, zircon, monazite, sillimanite, and garnet as well as various value added products. From 1 May 2015 it started commercial operation of Monazite Processing Plant at Orissa to process 10000tpa monazite to produce 11220tpa of rare earth chloride, 13500 tri-sodium phosphate, 26tpa NGADU etc. Similarly High Pure Rare Earth facility also commenced operation to refine pure rare earth compounds.

The Corporate Research Centre is located at Kollam, Kerala[9] and carries out research in the field of value added products from beach sand minerals, undertakes consultancy projects on mineral separation and flow sheet development, carrying out mineral analysis and caters to the needs of internal and external customers.[10]


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  8. ^ "About Us". Archived from the original on 3 September 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 January 2019. Retrieved 10 July 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Indian Rare Earths Limited - About Us". Archived from the original on 13 January 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2010.

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