Low density aggregate poduced in India

Indian Metals & Ferro Alloys is producing low density aggregate, an eco-friendly product, made from fly ash generated by thermal power plants.
IMFA operates 258mW captive power generation capacity and own chrome ore mines, a press release from the company said.
Low density aggregate is a substitute for natural aggregates, quarrying of which in itself adds to the pollution load. Moreover, low density aggregate has the added advantage of being light weight so it adds mass to concrete without corresponding weight. Finally, the permeable surface of low density aggregatepellets also enables better quality concrete as opposed to stone chips, it said.
Although low density aggregate is in use globally, it is being produced in India for the first time. The composition is about 85% fly ash and this plant which has been put up at a cost of Rs 75 crore will gainfully utilize about 120,000 tonnes per annum of fly ash.
IMFA also has 2 units of fly ash brick plant with collective capacity of 1,00,000 fly ash bricks per day, the release added.
“This investment demonstrates our commitment to the environment. We are also delighted to be a trailblazer yet again and are confident this product will be of great use to the construction industry,” Jayant Misra, director (corporate), IMFA said.


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