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Nalco eyes African countries for strategic mineral assets

Company to form JV with MECL, HCL for overseas mineral hunt

Jayajit Dash  |  Bhubaneswar 


(Nalco), along with (MECL) and Ltd (HCL), would hunt for strategic mineral assets in South Africa and other African countries. The three government-controlled firms are expected to float a joint venture (JV) shortly to work out the modalities.

“We have identified 12 strategic that are not abundantly available in India. The that will form with and would look for such assets in the African countries. We may go for a buyout of such assets or think of tie-ups with local there”, said Nalco’s Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) T K Chand.

The identified strategic include tin, tungsten, titanium, gallium, lithium, tantalum, cobalt, niobium, selenium and indium. The objective is to make the country self-sufficient in such

Earlier on September 19, the three central public sector undertakings (PSUs) entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the objective of making the country self-reliant in the areas of 12 strategic that are either not available in the country or not available in optimum quantity.

The objective of the MoU is to set up a company-- Khanij Bidesh India Ltd (KABIL)-- to identify, explore, acquire, develop and process the strategic overseas for commercial use. As part of the signed pact, would be supplied to India to meet its domestic requirements and for providing a boost to the drive of the central government.

A task force, chaired by the director of projects at Nalco, has been formed to put up a draft agreement by the second week of November. The three CMDs are scheduled to meet again towards the third week of November to finalise the modalities of the pact.

First Published: Sat, November 18 2017. 23:49 IST