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Donimalai Iron Ore Mines

The saga of NMDC includes the pioneering exploration activity carried out for developing iron ore mines in Karnataka in various regions like Kudremukh, Donimalai, Bababudan, Kumaraswamy and Ramandurg. NMDC developed the Donimalai mine in this area to export ore to Japan and South Korea.

Commissioned: October, 1977
Average grade: + 65% Fe
Balance reserves: 27.92 million tonnes(April,08)
Product: Lump –31.5 mm +6.3mm Fines: -10mm
Capacity: 4.0 million tonnes of ROM ore/year
Port of Export:
  1. Chennai outer harbour. Capable of handling ships of 1,30,000 DWT - 532 Kms. rail Link
  2. Marmagoa port, Goa. Capable of handling panamax size vessels - 370 Kms rail link
No. Of Employees: 880 (as on 30/06/2021)

ISO 9002 Certification awarded in February, 1999.