MECL, OMECL ink MoU for augmenting exploration of Odisha’s mineral resources


Bhubaneswar: Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL), a Miniratna-I CPSE under the Ministry of Mines, Government of India having its corporate office at Nagpur has signed Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Odisha Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (OMECL) at Bhubaneswar yesterday for augmenting the exploration of Odisha’s mineral resources.

The MoU was signed on behalf of MECL by Dr Ranjit Rath, CMD, MECL and ShriVineel Krishna, Managing Director OMECL in the esteemed presence of Hon’ble Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines, Shri Pralhad Joshi, Shri Prafulla Mallick, Hon’ble Minister for Steel, Mines and Works, Government of Odisha, Shri Suresh Chandra Mohapatra, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Odisha and Shri Surendra Kumar, Secretary Steel & Mines, Odisha and Chairman, OMC.

Odisha state is endowed with large resources of bauxite, china clay, chromite, coal, dolomite, fireclay, graphite, gemstones, iron ore, limestone, manganese ore, mineral sand, nickel ore, pyrophyllite and quartz. Odisha is the leading producer of chromite, graphite, bauxite, manganese ore, iron ore, sillimanite, quartzite, pyroxenite and dolomite. The State hosts the country’s sole resources of ruby and platinum group of metals. It accounts for the country’s 95% chromite, 92% nickel ore, 69% cobalt ore, 55% bauxite, 51% titaniferous magnetite, 40% limestone, 36% pyrophyllite, 33% iron ore (hematite), 26% sillimanite, 25% each fireclay & garnet, 24% each coal & zircon and 20% vanadium ore resources.

With an impeccable credential of over 48 years, as a notified exploration agency, MECL is mandated to undertake a detailed exploration of mineral acreages and currently operates pan India with a portfolio of all the major and precious minerals offering integrated mineral exploration services including preparation of Geological Reports and consultancies to Central Govts, State Govts and CPSEs etc. Government of Odisha has established OMECL to strengthen institutional set up for mineral exploration in the State, and to upscale the mineral exploration activities so that the potential of the mining sector is achieved through the scientific exploration of mineral resources.

Dr. Ranjit Rath, CMD, MECL said that by joining hand with OMECL the exploration activities of the state will be augmented and additional mineral resources in the state will be established, which will lead to the identification of more blocks for auctioning in the Greenfield as well as Brownfield area.

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