NMDC’s Donimalai & OMC’s 2 Iron Ore Mines Start Production
Indian state owned iron ore miner NMDC informed that after obtaining the Lease extension of Donimalai Iron Ore Mine ML-2396 for 20 years wef 03.11.2018 from Government of Karnataka and completing the associated statutory requirements, the Donimalai Iron Ore Mine was restarted on 18.02.2021 forenoon. In 2018, NMDC had suspended iron ore mining at the mine following a decision of the state government to impose 80% premium on the iron ore sales from the mine. The capacity of Donimalai mine is 7 million tonnes per annum. The mine has reserves of about 90-100 million tonne which may last for the next 15-20 years.
State owned Odisha Mining Corporation has started production in Jiling-Langlota and Guali iron ore mines. The two blocks have consolidated iron ore reserves of 275 million tonnes and central government had recently approved the proposal of the Odisha government to reserve two iron ore blocks in favour of the OMC within a short span of time of 25 days. The two mines are targeted to produce 12 million tonnes of iron ore annually, which will increase the OMC’s iron ore production to 20 million tonnes per annum.