Engineering | December 2012
Sesa Goa exhausts ore for running pig iron plant
Agency reports quoted PK Mukherjee, Managing Director of Sesa Goa as saying that the company does not have adequate iron ore to run its own pig iron plant.
This may force the company either to shut down blast furnaces or go for imports to feed the 6.25 lakh tonne pig iron plant in Goa owing to a mining ban in the state, the official is quoted as saying.
Pig iron is an intermediate product of smelting iron ore and has two major types basic grade, which is used for steel making and foundry grade, which is used for making iron castings. It requires around 1.6 mn t of iron ore to make 1mn t of pig iron.
Ore mining activity of the company has come to a standstill since the imposition of mining ban in Goa in September this year. On 5 October 2012, the Supreme Court ordered a suspension on mining activities in Goa, including transportation of mined ore from mines or stockyards and asked the Central Empowered Committee to file a preliminary report in four weeks.