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NMDC targets 50% output jump next year

2020-02-14 08:59:27   【Print】
India's biggest iron ore miner plans to raise production by as much as 50%, potentially boosting supplies and alleviating concerns of shortages of the key raw material.

State-run NMDC Ltd. is targeting production of 48 million tons in the year starting April, and will surpass 32 million tons this year, Amitava Mukherjee, director of finance, said.Asian Metal Copyright In October, the federal government tweaked mining rules to make the renewal of mining leases belonging to state-run companies mandatory without going through the auction process.Asian Metal Copyright The growth in supplies will come mainly from its mines in Chhattisgarh and includes 7 million tons of iron ore from the Donimalai mine in Karnataka state that is currently closed.

The company is positive on restarting the Donimalai mine, Mukherjee said. The Karnataka government withdrew the lease for Donimalai in November 2018 after NMDC denied higher royalties from profits demanded by the state.Asian Metal Copyright The Karnataka government withdrew the lease for Donimalai in November 2018 after NMDC denied higher royalties from profits demanded by the state.Asian Metal Copyright In October, the federal government tweaked mining rules to make the renewal of mining leases belonging to state-run companies mandatory without going through the auction process.Asian Metal Copyright .Asian Metal Copyright While the matter is now pending with a Mines Tribunal, the new rules favor NMDC.

NMDC's plans to raise production come as concerns rise that delays in the auctions of mines whose leases expire in March could squeeze domestic iron ore supplies. The government has been trying to boost supplies to mitigate any shortfall next year, including by extending environmental approvals for leases of mines due to expire by March.

Appetite for the key steel-making raw material is set to increase as Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to spend $1.5 trillion on energy, road and railway projects in the next five years, boosting steel demand.

.Asian Metal Copyright Appetite for the key steel-making raw material is set to increase as Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to spend $1.Asian Metal Copyright