‘MECL’S SERVICES HAVE HELPED ENRICH INDIA’S MINERAL INVENTORY’
The Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) is a Premier and Miniratna Public sector Enterprise under ministry of mines, engaged in detailed exploration of various minerals since October, 1972, in India and abroad. The company is reworking on the core areas, to take on the growing competition. MECL’S CMD, Dr Gopal Dhawan, said that his team is confident of becoming a Navaratna company, by fulfilling the national priorities expected of this sector. Excerpts:
WHY SHOULD MECL BE THE FIRST OPTION FOR A CUSTOMER?
MECL has all facilities for detailed mineral exploration under one roof— right from planning of exploration scheme to preparation of geological reports, including 3-D Ore body modelling, while other companies provides only a part of mineral exploration services mainly drilling.
WHAT HAS BEEN MECL’S CONTRIBUTION TO THE COUNTRY?
MECL has been carrying out detailed mineral exploration in the country over the past four decades. Our dedicated services have helped in enriching the mineral inventory of the country. Our company has prepared 153 detailed geological reports adding about 5.6 billion tonnes of resources/reserves of different minerals viz. gold, copper, lead-zinc, limestone, dolomite. In addition to this, MECL has added another 104 billion tonnes and 39 billion tonnes reserves/ resources for coal and lignite respectively.
HOW AND WHICH STATES HAVE BENEFITTED BY THE REPORTS?
Based on MECL’S geological reports some of major mines like Panchpatmali bauxite mine and Bhaplimalli bauxite mine in Odisha, Malanjkhand copper mine in Madhya Pradesh, Chigargunta gold mine in Andhra Pradesh and UTI gold deposit in Karnataka. As a promotional activity, MECL has offered 58 geological reports for gold, copper, lead-zinc, phosphorus, diamond, bauxite, tungsten, etc., of G-1/ G-2 level of exploration standards to Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and West Bengal.
ARE YOU PLANNING TO GET INTO ALLIED ACTIVITIES?
We are already performing a number of allied activities. MECL has identified a number of new allied activities. The important ones are — expansion of core activates matching with current market trend, modernisation of drilling fleet, chemical, physical and petrology laboratories, preparation of feasibility reports, drilling for investigation of geothermal energy and geotechnical studies, identification & acquire more blocks for mining leases, expansion of exploration activities abroad and production mining of Serengdag bauxite deposit.
DR GOPAL DHAWAN, CMD, ECL’S