Incorporated in 1958 as a Government of India fully owned public enterprise. NMDC
is under the administrative control of the Ministry of Steel, Government of India.
Since inception involved in the exploration of wide range of minerals including
iron ore, copper, rock phosphate, lime stone, dolomite, gypsum, bentonite, magnesite,
diamond, tin, tungsten, graphite, beach sands etc.
NMDC is India's single largest iron ore producer, presently producing about
30 million tonnes of iron ore from 3 fully mechanized mines viz., Bailadila Deposit-14/11C,
Bailadila Deposit-5, 10/11A (Chhattisgarh State) and Donimalai Iron Ore Mines (Karnataka
State). NMDC Projects have following accreditations
Strong back up of an ISO 9001 certified R&D Centre, which has been declared as the
"Centre of Excellence" in the field of mineral processing by the Expert Group of
Consistent profit making and dividend paying company.
NMDC has made valuable and substantial contribution to the National efforts in the
mineral sector during the last five decades and has been accorded the status of
schedule-A Public Sector Company. In recognition to the Company's growing status
and consistent excellent performance, the Company has been categorized by the Department
of Public Enterprises as "NAVRATNA" Public Sector Enterprise in 2008.
The story of NMDC is woven around the dreamy hills and the deep jungle land of Bastar
in Chhattisgarh, known as Dandakaranya from the epic periods. The Bailadila iron
ore range - "The hump of an ox" - in the local dialect, was remote, inaccessible
and replete with wild life. The range contains 1200 million tonnes of high grade
iron ore distributed in 14 deposits. The entire area was brought to the mainstream
of civilization by the spectacular effort of NMDC by opening-up of mines. Today,
Bailadila is a name to reckon with in the world iron ore market because of its super
high grade iron ore. Bailadila complex possesses the world's best grade of hard
lumpy ore having +66% iron content, with negligible deleterious material and the
best physical and metallurgical properties needed for steel making.
In the past, NMDC had developed many mines like Kiriburu, Meghataburu iron ore mines
in Bihar , Khetri Copper deposit in Rajasthan, Kudremukh Iron Ore Mine in Karnataka,
Phosphate deposit in Mussorie, some of which were later handed over to other companies
in public sector and others became independent companies.
NMDC is presently producing about 22 million tonnes of iron ore from its Bailadila
sector mines and 7 million tonnes from Donimalai sector mines.
Because of its excellent chemical and metallurgical properties, the calibrated ore
from Bailadila deposits has substituted the iron ore pellets in sponge iron making
and hence became an important raw material for three major gas-based sponge iron
steel producers like Essar Steel, Ispat industries and Vikram Ispat. In addition
to these three, the entire requirement of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant is also
being met from Bailadila.
The demand for steel will continue to grow in the years to come and this in turn
would call for increased demand for iron ore. NMDC is gearing itself to meet the
expected increase in demand by enhancing production capabilities of existing mines
and opening up new mines - Deposit -11B in Bailadila sector and Kumaraswamy in Donimalai
sector. The production capability would increase to around 50 million tonnes per
year by 2014-15.
Besides, NMDC is also in the process of securing mining leases of following iron
ore mines (some as JV with State Governments):
Sasangada Iron Ore Deposit, Jharkhand
Ghatkuri Mine, Jharkhand
Deposit – 13, Bailadila, Chhattisgarh
Deposit-4, Bailadila, Chhattisgarh
Apart from iron ore NMDC is developing Magnesite mine in Jammu and Arki Lime Stone
Project in Himachal Pradesh.
For Value addition NMDC is in the process of developing a 3 mtpa steel plant at
Jagdalpur and 2 pellet plants at Donimalai (1.2 mtpa) and at Bacheli (2 mtpa). Besides,
NMDC has acquired Sponge Iron India Limited with plan for
expansion to produce billets.
Besides iron ore, NMDC also plans to go for other minerals like Coal, Diamond, gold
etc for which NMDC is looking forward for leases / buy properties from foreign countries
directly / under Special Purpose Vehicle / Joint Ventures.
For continuing the exploration activities NMDC has set a Global Exploration Centre
at Raipur , Chhattisgarh.
NMDC is taking up diversification activities through its intensive R&D efforts for
production of High-Tech and High Value added products from Blue Dust like Carbon
free sponge iron powder, Nano crystalline powder. Besides, study is also being conducted
for setting up a demonstration plant to beneficiate BHJ/BHQ material for upgradation
to +64% Fe iron ore concentrate.
NMDC is also investing in development of renewable energy resources as an environment
friendly investment. A Wind mill project (10.5MW capacity) has been completed &
commissioned at Karnataka.
NMDC has always shown great concern for environment protection. At all its projects
care is taken in this regard by tree plantation, making tailing dams/check dams
at different places.
NMDC, a socially responsible company, believes in engaging its stake holders through
a continuous and consultative process towards the fulfillment of its corporate mission
and vision which focus on sustainable growth and improvement in the quality of life
of its employees and the related communities. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
of NMDC is deeply ingrained in its CSR philosophy right from its inception in 1958.
The CSR Policy has a holistic triple bottom line approach benefitting the company
and the society at large, with particular emphasis on the immediate surroundings
of its Projects. It envisages the socio-economic advancement of the community and
also adheres to environment-friendly operations as well as socially relevant interventions.
Over the years, NMDC has made a huge impact on the socio-economic emancipation of
the people, especially in the remote villages of Bailadila, through a host of CSR
initiatives in the areas of medicare, education, skill training, infrastructure,
drinking water, etc., through focused interventions and also integrated development
In fact, NMDC’s way of approach for fulfilling the dreams of the local people and
society through its CSR activities has not only touched the lives of thousands of
people living in an around our Projects but also impressed the decision makers in
the field of CSR. Recently, the Department of Public Enterprises (DPE), Ministry
of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, New Delhi has suggested the PSEs to
follow NMDC CSR model for effective CSR activities vide their circular dated 01/11/2011.