Orissa Sands Complex (OSCOM) is one of IREL’s flagship units located at Chatrapur in the district of Ganjam, which is about 150 kilometers from Bhubaneswar, the Capital of Odisha. All-weather Gopalpur port is situated beside the OSCOM plant complex. The nearest airport is in Bhubaneswar. At present, beach sand mining and mineral separation activity are carried out over the mining lease area of 2464 hectares to produce 2,65,400 tonnes per annum (tpa) of Ilmenite and other associated minerals such as Rutile, Zircon, Sillimanite and Garnet.
OSCOM deposit contains an average grade of 14% to 16% of heavy minerals over the entire mineable coastal stretch. The unit is in the process of expanding its mining and mineral Separation activities to achieve the Ilmenite production to the tune of 4,70,000 tpa. OSCOM is doing dredging for mining operations. Simultaneously, OSCOM also adopts dry-mining activities for supplementing the production requirement for the mineral separation plant. Mining and Mineral separation activities are carried out in an environment friendly and sustainable manner.
Rare Earth processing unit having installed capacity of 11200 tpa mixed Rare Earth Chlorides was commissioned in the year 2015-16.
The plant has a well-equipped Technical Services section for Research & Development and quality assurance for products and services. It is certified for ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015 and 18001:2007.