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SAIL resumes Barsua iron ore mines after four years, following SC nod

Reopening is timely as the ore extracted will be help the company ramp up hot metal production

BS Reporter  |  Bhubaneswar 

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Ltd (SAIL) has resumed production at its mines after a gap of four years. mines fall under the jurisdiction of SAIL's raw material department (RMD) and primarily feed the company's steel plants at Rourkela and Bokaro, apart from other units.

The timing of the reopening of SAIL's coincides with the firing of the furnace at its Rourkela unit. Rebuilt with state-of-the-art technology, the blast furnace was lighted on May 8. It has a capacity to produce 1.015 million tonnes of hot metal a year.

is ramping up hot metal production, and the enhanced requirement of will be met by the mines of RMD. In the current fiscal, RMD’s mines in and are set to produce about 24.50 million tonnes of iron ore. Barsua’s production will be integral to achieve the target.

Production at Barsua was discontinued in May 2014 due to certain legal issues. The Supreme Court disposed the case in SAIL's favour on May 11 this year and allowed Barsua iron mine to resume production, read a release.

First Published: Tue, May 22 2018. 11:59 IST