Sesa’s Amona plant blast furnace shut

Sesa Goa’s new blast furnace at its pig iron plant at Amona has closed down due to lack of ore, officials confirmed on Tuesday. However, its other two blast furnaces are still running "for now" as there is a "finite amount of ore," maybe for a week or so.

The closed down blast furnace had been commissioned in August and had commenced HT metal production on August 17. The new blast furnace had a capacity of 450 kilo tonne per annum.

The plant is the largest producer of low phosphorous pig iron in India with an installed capacity of 0.625 million tonnes per annum (mtpa), up from 0.250 mtpa earlier before the commissioning of the third blast furnace.

The plant has been facing problems sourcing its raw material since closure of ore transportation by authorities, coupled with stoppage of ore coming in from Karnataka after the closure of mining operations there and now the ban on mining operations in the state.

Meanwhile, the Goa State Pollution Control Board issued a show cause notice to Sesa Goa’s Kudnem (Bicholim) Iron Ore Benification plant as the data submitted was allegedly not according to application. [NT]