Steel Minister visits NMDC’s iron ore mines in Karnataka

New Delhi/Hyderabad: Union Minister of Steel Ram Chandra Prasad Singh laid the foundation stone for a 7.0 MTPA Screening and Beneficiation Plant at NMDC’s Donimalai Iron Ore Mine on January 7.

At present, NMDC produces 7.0 MTPA Iron Ore from the Donimalai mine which is processed by SP-1. Kumaraswamy Iron ore mine has a capacity of 7.0 MTPA which will be enhanced to 10.0 MTPA in the future. To process iron ore from Kumaraswamy Iron Ore Mine, the setting up of SP-2 Screening Plant of 7.0 MTPA capacity is under progress with a future provision of increasing its capacity to 10.0 MTPA. Provisions are also being made for SP-2 to process iron ore from both KIOM and Donimalai.

Singh reviewed operations at the Donimalai and Kumaraswamy iron ore mines and the NMDC Pellet Plant on his visit. He also inaugurated the NMDC Tree Plantation Drive today, as part of the ongoing ‘Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav’ celebrations and congratulated the mining major on the 5 Star Ratings awarded to all its mining complexes.

The Steel Minister spent the day on the field and said NMDC is playing an indispensable role in achieving India’s Steel Vision 2030. Addressing the officials he said, "As we gear up to meet the growing infrastructure needs of the country, we must also be deeply conscious of our impact on the environment. I’m happy to see NMDC’s sustainable mining practices duly executed on all their ambitious projects aimed at nation-building.”

He was accompanied by NMDC Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) Sumit Deb, Ministry of Steel’s Additional Secretary Rasika Chaube who also serves as Director of NMDC Limited, NMDC’s Director (Finance) Amitava Mukherjee, NMDC’s Director (Technical) Somnath Nandi, Director (Production) Dilip Kumar Mohanty.

Welcoming the Minister to the company’s mines, Deb shared NMDC’s excellent performance this year, its expansion plans and CAPEX outlay and explained how allotment of mines under reservation route in Odisha and Jharkhand could help NMDC become a 100 MT iron ore mining company by 2030.

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