THE new Phase Two Wet Beneficiation Plant at NSL Consolidated’s Kurnool Iron Ore Project in Andhra Pradesh is nearing production of premium product as the commissioning stage advances. Material has been fed into the plant for the first time with successful testing of materials handling systems.

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NSL Consolidated’s new Phase Two Wet Beneficiation Plant is loaded with first iron ore.

In December ASX-listed NSL said that a number of key commissioning milestones had been achieved. The electrical team had completed all requirements associated with the electrical commissioning phase of the project and therefore, the wet plant was electrically fully operational.

NSL was able to successfully test the material handling system, with low grade iron ore fed into the plant as the first stage of full load commissioning.

The company had also run water through the plant, and was optimising product and water transfer chutes and piping works between equipment as it further progressed the full load commissioning with low-grade iron ore to be systematically fed through the complete plant components to produce a high-grade premium price product, grading between 58% and 62% iron.

NSL has negotiated offtake agreements for Phase Two’s iron ore product with the Indian global conglomerate, JSW Steel, and BMM Ispat, a pellet, power and steel producer.

Following an inspection of plant progress by BMM Ispat, discussions were progressed as part of the offtake agreement. NSL stated that both companies were excited and encouraged by the potential outcomes related to the supply and pricing of NSL’s premium product.

NSL managing director Cedric Goode said, “With continued milestones being achieved on site, the operation has reached the final stages of development and is transitioning towards production of our premium product. The efforts of the team on site have been nothing short of extraordinary, working tirelessly to get the operation to this point and are energised by the company’s future.”

Meantime, NSL has made significant progress on a binding joint venture agreement (JVA) with China’s Wei Hua Group Co Ltd for establishment of a greenfield steel making plant in Andhra Pradesh. A number of meetings have been held in China to progress the pellet plant feasibility.

Wei Hua has acquired key components of the proposed plant and these are warehoused in China and ready for deployment, with the remainder to be purchased as required.

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