Kolkata: The Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for collaborative and sponsored research projects with Hindustan Copper Limited (HCL) here today.
HCL is in its expansion phase with about three-fold enhancement of ore production capacity wherein development activities in projects are either ongoing in nature or already planned in most of its mines.
IIT-ISM, an Institute of national repute in the fields of mining of minerals and its beneficiation and Earth Sciences, will play a key role in solving the emerging geological, technical, environmental, sustainable and ore beneficiation issues for achieving the expansion programme of HCL.
At present, the majority of ore production comes through underground mode only and the level of ore production is hovering around four million tonnes per annum. The mined-out ore is processed at its own ore beneficiation plants and the Metals in Concentrate (MIC) are sold partially in the domestic market and the rest in the international market.
Due to the complex geological characteristics of the ore body and the increased depth of mining, various geotechnical and groundwater-related issues along with technical/ operational problems are being faced during the process of production along with maintaining safety standards and dealing with the emerging sustainability issues, HCL stated. It added that the present MoU will address HCL’s need for technical assistance, guidance and consultancy work from IIT-ISM for enhancing copper ore production through modifying mining methods with the application of state-of-the-art technologies, improvement of productivity and safety in mines, environmental clearance issues, various Hydrological and Hydro-geological studies and in areas of unconventional exploration methods like Geophysical exploration, Remote Sensing etc. for depth exploration of copper ore.
HCL also plans to partner with IIT-ISM in taking up R&D projects for the improvement of the Indian copper mining sector, training and development of HCL Engineers and Managers for skill set development and knowledge up-gradation in the areas of exploration, ore beneficiation and various other statutory/ mine regulation amendments or related issues.
HCL stated that the first technical collaboration with IIT (ISM), Dhanbad, is a momentous occasion for HCL, the only copper miner in India, owning all the operating mining leases of copper ore in the nation.
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