Indian state copper miner Hindustan Copper is in the initial stages of an $800 million expansion program, Resources Monitor reported Tuesday.
Currently, Hindustan produces around 40,000 tonnes of copper per year, but the company plans to increase production to around 200,000 tonnes by 2025.
Construction is underway at a major new underground mine in the state of Madhya Pradesh, according to Resources Monitor, and expansions are planned at its operations in the states of Jharkhand and Rajasthan.
Hindustan Copper’s production of 40,000 tonnes is only a small proportion of the 650,000 tonnes that India used last year domestically in the electrical, construction and transport industries, the report reads.
Pellet offers for this week increased sharply in the recently concluded deals. SteelMint’s assessment stands at INR 6,900-7,000/MT (ex-Raipur, GST extra) against last week’s assessment of INR 6,600/MT. Current prices are hovering at 3-month high.
Sponge iron market seems to remain strong, as per manufacturers in central & eastern India. Rising raw material prices & active demand are likely to keep Indian sponge iron prices supported, they added.
Indian steel prices remain slightly surge by INR 100-400/MT on improved inquiries from the domestic buyers. The mid sized mills have raised Billet prices by INR 100-400/MT, Rebar by INR 100-300/MT & Sponge iron by INR 100-200/MT day on day in major markets.
SteelMint in conversation with market participants learned that Indian HRC import prices from Japan reported decline by USD 15-20/MT in recent booking for July shipments.
Department of Mines and Geology (Govt. of Karnataka) has floated the tender for auctioning of 4 iron ore blocks in Karnataka for its 4th phase.
Indian Silico Manganese Prices are under pressure due to various factors as it is highly dependent on the inventory level possessed by the producer and the region they are offering from and also the grade quality.