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Seminar to check steel ore shortage

Ranchi, Feb. 17: Something needs to be done to check that the state, which is rich in iron ore, does not suffer a shortage.

Thus, the state mines and geology department is organising a daylong seminar on ways to improve low-grade iron ore for production of steel.

State chief minister Madhu Koda would inaugurate the event tomorrow morning at the Indian Institute of Coal Management (IICM). The Federation of Indian Mining is the co-sponsor of the event.

All companies involved in iron ore mining in the state are expected to take part in the seminar.

While speaking to newspersons today, department secretary J.S. Tiwari said, the seminar would ask companies to make optimum use of iron ore. ďIn our state, we see a large scale waste of iron ore as low-grade iron ore (known as iron ore fines) are not used by many companies for steel production. But if these companies upgrade their technology and begin processing low-grade iron ore, it could be used for steel production. Thus, at the seminar, we shall call upon such companies to upgrade their technology,Ē Tiwari pointed out.

Responding to queries, the secretary of mines and geology, claimed that the iron ore reserves in the state shall increase considerably if companies make use of the techno-logy.

ďIt is absolutely imperative that companies adopt new technologies to use the low-grade iron ore for steel production as iron ore reserves are constantly depleting. We do not want to have a situation where the state would suffer a shortage of iron ore,Ē said Tiwari.

The department secretary suggested that pellatisation (making iron ore lumps) and beneficiation (cleaning of the iron ore) are the two processes by where the low-grade iron ore could be used for steel production.

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