In line with NSL’s regional strategy in the Kurnool district, the Company embarked on a program to locate, establish and commission a central stockyard and processing facility. The Company’s Kurnool stockyard is a 12 acre industrial site within the south-eastern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. As well as the iron source at the nearby Mangal mine, the plant is also adjacent to NSL’s existing Kuja iron mine.
The Company achieved the construction, commissioning and expansion of its Phase One Kurnool iron ore dry separation plant at the stockyard in the southeast Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, culminating in the material produced during the commissioning phase being sold ex mine gate into the domestic Indian market.
The stockyard comprises of the Company’s Phase One Kurnool iron ore dry separation plant, weighbridge infrastructure, laboratory and raw material and dispatch functions, and ROM and finished product storage.
The existing NSL Phase One benefication plant:
In addition the laboratory is fully operational, and significantly reduces the cost of assays. Turnaround times for results have been reduced from up to 30 days at initial start-up to the current standard of 24 hours.
The laboratory is able to test for Fe, Al2O3, SiO2 and moisture content, which are all critical components for the maintenance of export quality.
The laboratory facilities allow for the following tasks to be conducted on site:
- Sample preparation, including drying, crushing and pulverising
- Chemical analysis for Fe, Al2O3, SiO2 and moisture content
- Testing of duplicates and certified reference materials for QAQC
- Reporting and data analysis
Laboratory sample prep area Laboratory assay area
The laboratory has been established with strict adherence to Indian Standards IS1493. With compliance to all quality aspects of IS 1983 NSL has also enforced the highest Australian standards for safety on the operation of the laboratory.