Essel Mining & Industries Limited (‘EMIL’ or ‘the Company’), part of the US $48.30 billion Aditya Birla Group, incorporated in the year 1950, is one of the leading natural resource companies dealing in Iron Ore Mining and Contract Coal Mining (through Mine Developer and Operator – ‘MDO’ model). The Company has also made forays, dolomite and diamond mining, production value-added products space such as Pellets and Noble Ferro-Alloys and has operating renewable energy projects in Wind and Solar Power sectors in India. With a view to augment our existing core portfolio, EMIL is engaged in constant evaluation of organic and inorganic growth opportunities across the globe. We seek to invest in minerals that have strong long-term fundamentals and could be major growth levers for us across the commodity cycle We remain committed to a disciplined process of risk assessment and capital allocation, so as to maximise value for stakeholders. This will help us, as a company, secure competitive advantage for the future.
Iron Ore Mining and Noble Ferro Alloys divisions of the Company are accredited with Integrated Management System (IMS) with ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) and OH&SAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series). All the divisions are accredited with ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environment Management System) and OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Management System).
Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL)’s Iron Ore mine is located at Koira in Sundargarh district of Odisha. The mining operations are fully mechanized and adopt state–of–the–art technology and equipment such as adoption of SURPAC computerized software for ore reserve estimation, mine planning and scheduling of operations, use of most modern XRF analysers for accurate determination of ore quality, use of modern mining equipment, in–pit crushers, cone crushers and mobile crushers, etc. Flexibility in operations enables the division to maximize the utilization of resources, as well as to cater to the needs of diverse customers.
Calibrated Lump Ore (CLO) of sizes +5–18 mm (DRI lumps) and +10–30 mm (BF grade lumps) – inputs for steel making through Direct Reduced Iron (DRI)/ Blast Furnace (BF) Process and Iron Ore Fines – inputs for sinters and pellets used for making steel are the major products of the Company.
EMIL, through its subsidiaries, is operating two coal MDO projects, namely – Bhubaneswari OCP and Rajmahal OCP, the details of which are given below:
Bhubaneswari Coal mining Limited (‘BCML’)
BCML, a consortium of EMIL and Grasim Industries Limited, formed for operating Bhubaneswari Open Cast Coal Project of Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (‘MCL’, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited) located in Angul District, Odisha. BCML has a contract from MCL to mine 269.5 million MT of coal over a period of 15 years. BCML has deployed state–of–the art mining equipment, using a combination of 12 cubic metre excavators, 100 ton dumpers and 3800 MM surface miners at the operating project site. In the financial year 2019–20, BCML has produced 28 million MT of coal and removed 15.06 million cubic metre of Overburden. Till date 208.57 Million MT of coal has been extracted.
Rajmahal Coal mining Limited (‘RCML’)
RCML, a consortium of EMIL, UltraTech Cement Limited and Ambey Mining Private Limited, formed for operating 17 MTPA Rajmahal Open Cast Coal Project of Eastern Coalfields Limited (‘ECL’, a subsidiary of Coal India Limited) located in Godda District, Jharkhand. RCML has a contract with ECL to mine 199.8 million MT of coal over a period of 12.5 years. RCML has deployed new age technology equipment comprising of 12 cubic metre excavators, 100 ton dumpers and 3800 MM surface miners, pressurized water truck having capacity of 34 cubic meter. In the financial year 2019–20, Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) has produced 13.97 million MT of coal and removed 10.82 million cubic meter of Overburden. Till date 84.30 Million MT of coal and 64.13 Million CuM overburden has been removed.
Madanpur South Coal MDO Division
Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) had successfully participated in the proposal invited by Andhra Pradesh Mineral Development Corporation Limited (APMMDC) from experienced Mine Developers and Operators for planning, engineering, financing, construction, development, operation and maintenance of Madanpur South Coal Mine (Opencast) on 19th March, 2018. Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) emerged as the successful bidder after a competitive bidding process and final agreement to execute the project was signed by both parties on 8th March, 2019.
Madanpur South Coal mine is located at village – Morga in Korba District of Chhattisgarh. It is part of the Hasdeo – Arand Coalfield. The mine has extractable Reserves of 158.92 Mill. Tonne with rated capacity of 5.4 Mill. Tonne and average strip ratio of 6.06 CuM/Ton. This is a greenfield mine and project life is 33 years.
With the recent reform in Mining Sector, Government of India (GoI) has completely opened the Coal sector paving the way for auction of Coal Mine for sale of Coal.
GoI has successfully auctioned 19 Coal Blocks through the CM (SP) Act, 2015 and MMDR Act, 1957 for sale of Coal in the 11th Tranche of Auction under The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Act, 2015 and 1st Tranche of Auction under The Mines and Mineral (Development & Regulations) Act, 1957.
Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) through its wholly owned subsidiary EMIL Mines And Mineral Resources Limited (EMMRL) had participated and declared Successful Bidder in Two Coal Blocks namely Radhikapur East located in Angul District of Odisha and Bandha located in District Singrauli of Madhya Pradesh. The Geological reserve of Radhikapur East Coal Block is 183 Million Ton and peak rated capacity envisaged is 5 Mtpa. The Geological Reserve of Bandha Coal Block is 442 Million Ton.
GoI is encouraging Successful Bidders to make this first ever auction of coal mines for Commercial Mining in the Country, a bigger success by bringing the Coal Mine into early production and contributing to the cherished goal of Atmanirbhar Bharat. To assist Bidder in obtaining clearances, Office of Nominated Authority has set up a Project Monitoring Unit to assist the Successful Bidders in obtaining various clearances. Further Single Window Clearance System is being devised for faster online processing of applications for clearances.
PMPL is wholly owned subsidiary of EMIL with effect from 8th March, 2019. PMPL, is having an installed capacity of 1 MTPA iron–ore beneficiation plant having technology imported from Allmineral GmbH, Germany and 1 MTPA iron ore Pelletization Plant based on Circular Pelletization Technology (CPT) provided by Primetals GmbH, Austria (Joint venture between Siemens and Mitsubishi). The Plant is located near the village Basantpur, Tehsil Jhumpura, District, Keonjhar in the State of Odisha.
Established in the year 1980, Noble Ferro Alloys Division is located at Vapi, a major industrial hub in Gujarat. The Division is one of the largest producer of superior quality Noble Ferro Alloys with over 34% of the market share in India. Ferro– Molybdenum, Ferro–Vanadium and Ferro–Titanium are its main products. Other products are Ferro Alloy Powders and un–fused Vanadium Pentaoxide (V2O5). The Noble Ferro Alloys are used in the manufacturing of alloy steels, high–speed steels and other special grade steels.
As part of its commitment to sustainable development, Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) had forayed into the renewable energy sector in the year 2005 by establishing a Wind Power project in Dhule and Nandurbar, Maharashtra with an installed capacity of 75 MW. This project is a concerted effort for energy conservation by adopting renewable sources of energy to reduce carbon footprint.
To further strengthen its commitment towards promoting sustainable development, EMIL forayed into Solar Power generation in the year 2012 by installing 5.1824 MWp Solar Power Plant at Vituza, Rajasthan and 15 MWp Solar Power Plant at Gujarat Solar Park, Charanka, Gujarat, through its subsidiary company. Additionally, the Company has successfully commissioned the 22 MWp Solar Power Plant at Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan in the year 2014 and 38.60 MWp Solar Power Plants at four locations, i.e., Kalwakurthy (11 MWp), Achampet (5.60 MWp), Peddashankarampet (11 MWp) and Mustyal (11 MWp) in Telangana in the first half of the year 2015. The total capacity of the Division is now 80.7824 MWp.
Essel Mining & Industries Limited (EMIL) has participated in the auction process of Bunder Diamond Block (Mining Lease) in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh and was declared preferred bidder through competitive bidding. Letter of Intent for Grant of Mining Lease has been issued by Government of Madhya Pradesh on 19th December, 2019.
Bunder Diamond Block is a Greenfield Mining Project covering an area of 364 Ha in Buxwaha Protected Forest and located near Village Sagoria of Buxwaha Tehsil in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh. The project is about 80 Kms from Chhatarpur, the district headquarters and 260 Km from Bhopal. The estimated resources in the block is around 53.70 Million Tonne of Kimberlite Ore containing about 34 Million Carats of rough Diamonds. The project once operational has the potential to become one of the largest Diamond mine in the Asian region.