Category: Base Metals
Binani Zinc Ltd (BZL), a Rs 300 crore Braj Binani Group enterprise, is planning to almost treble zinc production capacity to capitalise rising metal’s consumption in infrastructure.
Under the proposed plan, the company has decided to ramp up smelter capacity from the existing 38,000 tonnes in Binanipuram at Kerala to 50,000 tonnes. It also proposes to set up a greenfield smelter with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes in Rajasthan where it is in the process of strengthening backward integration projects.
Since, BZL operates zinc smelter in Kerala with 100 per cent imported raw material, the cost of production was very high compared to the country’s largest zinc producer Hindustan Zinc Ltd (HZL), a Vedanta Group company who owns mines in the heart of Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Uncertainty in zinc concentrate market, availability constraints and above all, dollar-rupee fluctuations were affecting the company’s margins badly. BZL imports zinc concentrates, the raw material for zinc manufacturing, from Australia and Brazil.
“The mine located at states border spread from Ambamata in Gujarat to Deri in Rajasthan, the involvement of two state governments will give impetus to the project and therefore, I am confident that the project would start mining shortly,” said Juneja.
In order to raise efficiency and productivity, BZL is streamlining and clearing the bottlenecks in the systems and processes while working towards better, environment-friendly waste disposal systems.
The project is in final stage of commencing operation while BZL is planning to start commercial operation with expanded capacity on both greenfield and brownfield projects by 2011. Source: Business Standard
Category: Base Metals
Hindustan Zinc to set up 500000 tpa zinc and lead smelter at Dariba village in Relmagra Taluk in Rajasmand district of Rajasthan with an investment of Rs. 38520 million. The project involves setting up of Zinc smelter (5,00,000 TPA), Lead smelter (1,25,000 TPA), Captive Power Plant (255 MW) and expansion of Lead-Zinc Ore Rajpura Dariba Mine (6,31,000 to 9,00,000 TPA) and Beneficiation Plant (9,00,000 to 12,00,000 TPA). Proposed smelter complex will be built in 162 ha of area (including housing colony), adjacent to the HZL mining facilities in the land owned by HZL. About 106 ha of land will be acquired for railway line and railway siding.
Main raw materials required are Zinc concentrate (6,48,000 TPA), Calcine (ZnO, (2,80,000 TPA), Aluminium metal (160 TPA) for Zinc smelters, Lead concentrate (2,60,000 TPA), Lead silver compound (80,000 TPA), Coal (26,000 TPA), Coke (27,000 TPA) for Lead smelters, Lead secondaries viz. used lead batteries (80,000 TPA) for Lead smelters. Coal requirement for power plant will be 11,62,000 TPA. Flocculants (133 TPA), Sodium Sulphate (19125 TPA), Lime (5,55,000 TPA), SiO2 (5200 TPA), MnO2 (375 TPA), Silico Fluoric acid (500 TPA), LSHS (4500 KLPA), Cement (13,000 TPA), Ammonium Chloride (638 TPA), Sulphuric acid (27,500 TPA) and Caustic soda solution (1500 m3) will be the other consumables required in the plant.