SAIL gearing up to increase iron ore production
Kolkata: With SAIL aiming to produce 24 million tonnes of hot metal by 2015-16, the Raw Materials Division of the steel major is gearing up to increase iron ore production from its seven mines located in Jharkhand and Odisha.
SAIL, which has chalked out a plan to produce 24 million tonnes of Hot metal by 2015-16, would require around 39 million tonnes of iron ore annually, of which around 30 mt will be met from the iron ore mines operating under RMD, company sources said here.
The company will undertake an expenditure of over Rs 10,000 crore for modernisation and expansion programme to enhance iron ore production capacity of RMD mines from the present level of 18 mt, they said.
As a part of the expansion programme, comprehensive studies on Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Management Plan have been conducted in all the iron ore mines of RMD. Major mines of RMD have received ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certification, the sources said.
The post expansion capacity of the RMD's existing mines would be 5.5 mt at Kiriburu, 6.5 mt at Meghahatuburu, 10 mt at Bolani, 10 mt at Gua, 4.5 mt at Barsua and 2 m.T at Kalta.
Stating that SAIL has plans to develop Chiria mines in phases, they said in the first phase it would be 7 mt.
SAIL is installing a state-of-the-art ore beneficiation technology to minimise impact on environment. Modern ore processing plants are being installed to achieve zero discharge at tailing Dam, they added.
At Kiriburu Iron Ore Mine, SAIL is going to install a unit for reclamation of water from Tailing Dam at an investment of Rs 17 crore. This will substantially reduce fresh water consumption from Gagirath Jharna through recycling and stop any discharge into the stream, according to sources.
The company would put up similar project at Bolani Ores Mines too at an estimated cost of Rs 8 crore.
Linked with the modernisation of Kiriburu mine SAIL would also install tailing Dam slime beneficiation plant spending over Rs 45 crore to safeguard environment.
This would reduce flow of solid materials in the tailing dam to a great extent as well as improve fines recovery and discharged water quality, they added.