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NMDC eyes 67 MTPA iron ore output by 2021-22, HR coil rollout by FY19 end

Company's Australian arm applies for allocation of tenements for tungsten in Western Australia

T E Narasimhan  |  Chennai 

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State-owned mining major plans to nearly double its mining capacity to 67 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA), as part of its diversification and forward-integration plan, It will also be setting up

NMDC's current mining capacity across three complexes in Karnataka and Chattisgarh is 35.57 MTPA. By 2021-22, it hopes to increase this to 67 MTPA through brownfield and greenfield expansion, say company sources.

The company has also signed MoUs with (MIDHANI) and Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) to explore tungsten investment opportunities in India and abroad to cater and

Australia-based Legacy Ltd, in which holds 78.56 per cent, has also applied for allocation of tenements for tungsten in Western Australia, according to company's 2017-18 annual report.

Tungsten metal is of strategic importance due to its essential requirement in and and currently, India meets its entire requirement through imports.

has also signed an MOU with for scouting of rare earth minerals in India and abroad.


As far as steel manufacturing concerned, the new 3-MTPA plant at Chattisgarh is expected to roll the first batch of HR coil by March 2019. Till now, NMDC has spent nearly Rs 138.75 billion on the plant.

The company has also entered pellet-making with a 1.2-MTPA plant at Donimalai. Another 2-MTPA unit is in the process of being set up at Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh.

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NMDC is promoting a new (SPVs) to set up in Karnataka and Jharkhand, along with the Ministry of Steel and respective state governments.

After acquiring land and water, and ensuring power allocation and linkage, the SPVs would rope in a strategic partner to develop and construct the steel plant.

The Jharkhand SPV has selected a site, while in Karnataka, NMDC has acquired 2,800 acres through (KIADB).

“However, because of a change in the MMDR Act with reference to allocation of mineral block through auction system, the concerned state governments where SPVs are planned are reluctant to allocate mineral block directly to SPVs,” said in the annual report.

First Published: Mon, September 10 2018. 12:52 IST