Mangaluru, Jan 3, 2016: The first consignment of high-grade pellets of Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. is expected to be shipped to Iran on January 4, Monday. The process of loading of the 66,500 tonnes of pellets commenced at New Mangaluru Port on January 2, Saturday.
Malay Chatterjee, KIOCL Chairman and Managing Director who spoke to reporters here on Saturday said the pellets were procured from high-grade iron ore imported from Brazil. The export of pellets by KIOCL will help reap substantial foreign exchange to the nation while also helping the company, he added.
Chatterjee also informed that KIOCL plans to ship as much as 5 lakh tonnes of high grade pellets to Iran during 2016.
Skill development programmes for youth : The Kudremukh Iron Ore company Ltd in association with the National Skill Development Corporation plans to offer training to youth in skills essential to get job opportunities in the mining sector.
According to Malay Chatterjee the plans are to provide training in beneficiation (Process of removing unnecessary materials from ore) and pelletisation to youth who have Class 12 educational qualification. The KIOCL has already entered into an MoU with Quess, a Bengaluru based firm, he said adding as per plans nearly 40 students would be imparted skill development training.
On the controversy over alleged sale of some old houses and a hostel in Kudremukh area to Dr Mohan Alva of Alva’s education Foundation, Chatterjee said the KIOCL has authorised Alva to maintain the hostel and the old houses which will be used by students and parents. He also stated that a licence fee will be paid for the same by Alva. He further revealed how his company was suffering an annual loss of nearly Rs 22 crore due to its inability to maintain its assets.
The government was also planning an anti-terrorist training academy in Kudremukh, he added.