Sterlite Copper CEO says plant closure has stopped India’s march to self-sufficiency


The closure of Sterlite Copper’s Tuticorin plant, which once accounted for nearly 40% of India’s copper output, had been forced by vested interests that did not want the country to become self-sufficient in the critical industrial metal, the company’s chief executive officer said in an interview. The plant was shut down in 2018 following a police firing that […]

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Pandemic takes a toll on non-coal mining leases; six in 2020-21 against 43 in 2019-20


During the current fiscal, 2020-21, very few non-coal mining leases were allotted. Compared with 43 blocks successfully auctioned in 2019-20, only six leases could be auctioned out so far in the current fiscal, data from the ministry of mines showed. Since the time mining allocation was made mandatory through the auction route in 2015, a […]

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Greater govt involvement, sustainability in mining sector expected in 2021: Fitch Solutions


As mineral and metal prices, production and consumption improve this year amid a broader and deeper economic recovery from the pandemic, the outlook for miners and metal players is positive, says research agency Fitch Solutions. It notes that this year will see a mix of traditional trends playing out and the acceleration of some relatively […]

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Yearend – Brazil, Australia iron ore shipments set record; China spearheads other commodities


The total volume of iron ore dispatched to global destinations from Australia and Brazil was 29.7 million tonnes in December, the highest since June 2019, according to a survey from Mysteel. Iron ore shipments from ten Australian ports bound for global destinations hit 21.7 million tonnes, and the tonnage shipped from Brazil’s nine ports to reach […]

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