Today Prof. Ajith de Alwis gave me a video on “Sea water & Salt based Industries in
The video documentary shows the present status of salt industry & the amount of neglected potential which can be used to change present financial state of
In Sri Lankan sea water based industry we only produce NaCl as food ingredient & gypsum for cement manufacturing & building construction. In
1. Easy access to sea water.
2. Low rainfall with dry weather with high wind condition
3. Clay soil to prevent the percolation of water
4. Should not be subjected to floods
5. Large flat area with no poultry industry near by
6. Abundance of labour
7. Transport & export facilities
As everyone knows salt is produced by solar evaporation in some of costal area in
Now we have well established salt production facility. But we can not satisfy with that level. Because, we have not achieved the best. The most valuable intermediate products are reverse pumped to sea again. As example in third stage of salt production salt pan bed convert to pink colour, because of a bacteria which is consisted of beta carotene. It can be extracted and used to manufacture vitamin A. But we have neglected. The bittern solution which is pumped back to sea can be used to manufactured Ma(OH)2, Magnesia, Epsom salt, Magnesium oxy chloride, potassium Fertilizers. We can use NaCl to produce Cl2 & NaOH which are very valuable chemicals.
These processes are not very complex like nuclear fusions, microprocessor fabrication, rocket science … etc. There are scientifically proven ways to get chemical harvest from the field. We have feasible sites, primary production facilities & experts in sea water based manufacturing. Then what is the issue? The issue is with attitude of our people. Our people do not have a vision & mission to lead our great nations towards the future. Our entrepreneurs have narrow scope. They are intelligent. But do not like to explore new potentials. They prefer telecommunication infrastructure developing, entertainment & tourism, financial services, BPO, software developing, distilleries, petroleum, automobile, education industry … etc which are proven to be success. But our experts can prove with high level of feasibility studies, pilot plant designs & world class project reports if they are given a chance to do that. Chemical & Process engineering can used to revolute a nation’s economy.
I am not going to write about self sufficient in every aspect. But we have to explore our resources & we must convert them into financial realities. We have natural resources & intellectuals. Please make infrastructure to perform our abilities. We need to serve our mother land. Chemical industry is highly profitable. Check fortune 500 companies then you will find chemical companies among the top of the list. The only barrier is lack of awareness & attitude of our people.
Government & top entrepreneurs must pay their attention toward this kind of neglected potentials if they actually want to uplift the nation. The video which was given by Prof. Ajith de Alwis is very comprehensively described the scenario. It nicely show present situation of salt manufacturing & the great potential we neglected.