Odisha’s state-owned miner- Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) had scheduled an auction for sub-grade iron ore fines today (i.e. on 05th Aug'19). Total quantity put under the auction was 525,000 MT fines (Fe 58%) . Traders were restricted to take part in this auction.
As per sources report to SteelMint, entire material got booked in the auction. The material offered was from Gandhamardan mines. As per sources, sub-grade fines lot offered from Gandhamardan received a good response and entire quantity offered of 525,000 MT was sold. Bids moved up by around INR100-150/MT over the set base price of INR 750/MT (including Royalty). Bids received were at INR 850-900/MT.
State-owned miner - Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) is all set with iron ore production ramp-up plans for coming years to make up for expected supply disruption after March 2020 following lease expiry. OMC is planning to achieve 20 MnT iron ore output by FY21.
EC limit at Daitari mines is proposed to be increased to 6 MnT p.a. from current EC of 3 MnT pa. On similar lines, EC limit at OMC's Kurmitar mines is proposed to be increased from current 2.4 MnT p.a to 6 MnT p.a.
China's apparent consumption of crude steel over January-July rose 8.9% on year to 526.76 million mt and will be robust enough to absorb the surge in domestic steel production this year, according to S&P Global Platts estimates.
SteelMint in conversation with trade sources indicated that low grade iron ore fines export price have come down sharply following global trend. SteelMint’s assessment for low grade (Fe 57%) iron ore fines is around USD 55-60/MT, CFR China down by USD 10/MT as against being USD 65/MT, CFR China a week before. In a month’s time, low grade fines export assessment has come down by around USD 30/MT.
Indian long steel market observed surge in price range this week, however trades not upto the mark amid sufficient supply and lessened export inquiries.
Vizag Steel also known as RINL, the state-owned steel maker under the Ministry of Steel, had invited tender for export of 10,836 MT billets, 5,418 MT blooms and 8,127 MT wire rod to Nepal on 30th Jul'19.
Indian Ferro Chrome prices have gone up marginally from last week as most producers reduced their production levels in line with poor demand. Limited Quantity is available in the domestic market as producers have reduced their allocation in the domestic market to curb the free fall of prices. However, this has been countered by demand in the domestic market which has remained sluggish.
State-Owned, Odisha Mining Corporation (OMC) conducted the e-auction on 13 Aug’19. Despite low demand in the market, and falling Ferro Chrome prices, OMC received a good response, as the entire quantity was booked at prices approximately 6% higher than the base price. Lower graded material viz., 46-48% and 44-46% received a much higher response as the booking price was 14% higher than the base price.