One-third of annual exploration projects are for critical, strategic minerals: GSI

Amid the buzz of ‘green economy’, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) is intensifying its exploration workouts for imperative minerals.

Amid the buzz of ‘green economy’, the Geological Survey of India (GSI) is intensifying its exploration workout routines for quintessential minerals, like lithium, nickel, cobalt and uncommon earth elements, with “one-third” of such initiatives being devoted to the search of these resources, a pinnacle professional stated on Sunday.

These fundamental minerals are key to smooth strength technologies.

The countrywide survey organisation, which now has a working collaboration with Geoscience Australia for mineral exploration, is additionally in talks for tie-ups with the authorities in Russia and Brazil, GSI Deputy Director General (Policy Support System – Planning and Monitoring) Asit Saha said.

“We have been taking up extra than one hundred exploration tasks each and every 12 months for integral minerals given that 2020-21. The equal style continues this yr (2023-24) also, as it is our thrust area. Earlier, the range of such initiatives used to be to the tune of 60-70 however now we have substantially elevated it.

Saha said, “Out of a total of 350 mineral exploration jobs in a year, we take up at least one-third for premium minerals and the rest for various commodities like base metals, gold, diamond, limestone and bulk minerals ” instructed PTI.

Lithium, graphite, copper, nickel, molybdenum, tungsten, niobium, gallium, and uncommon earth elements, which are used for rechargeable batteries, high-quality alloys, built-in circuits, magnets, clinical applied sciences and a number of different purposes, are phase of the integral mineral bandwagon.

Lithium has end up the “talk of the town” with the creation of lithium-ion batteries for electric powered vehicles.

GSI has these days installed lithium inferred sources of 5.9 million tonnes in the Salal-Haimna vicinity in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Apart from the findings in J&K, we have additionally submitted G4 stage geological reviews or memorandum to Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh governments,” he said.

Exploration tasks for lithium are underway in J&K, Meghalaya, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, Saha said.

Critical minerals such as copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and uncommon earth factors are key to smooth electricity technologies.

During the 2022-23 fiscal, GSI has carried out extra than a hundred and twenty exploration programmes for these metals in distinctive components of the us of a – Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Ladakh, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Gujarat.

“Since the modification of MMDR Act 2015, greater than 30 resource-bearing geological reviews (G2 & G3-stage) and over forty geological memoranda on copper, lithium, cobalt, nickel, uncommon earth factors have been passed over to the kingdom governments worried for auctioning,” Saha said.

In 2023-24, GSI is taking up greater than one hundred exploration programmes for these metals in states such as Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, J&K, Ladakh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan, the geologist said.

In view of the thrust given with the aid of the Centre, Kolkata-headquartered GSI has additionally prioritised exploration for potash and rock phosphate (phosphorite) in exclusive components of the country.

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