Financial Daily from THE HINDU group of publications
Friday, Jan 18, 2002

News
Features
Stocks
Port Info
Archives

Group Sites

Corporate - New Projects


Hutti Gold Mines to upgrade milling plant

Our Bureau

BANGALORE, Jan. 17

THE state-owned Hutti Gold Mines has posted some glittering profits this year and is embarking on modernisation and expansion of its milling plant.

Global tenders are being floated for installing a new plant with a milling capacity of 2,100 tonnes per day (tpd) on a turnkey basis over the next two years, according to HGML Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Mr K.L. Negi. The actual milling capacity at present is around 1,200 tpd, against an installed capacity of 1,600 tpd.

The company has wiped out accumulated losses of Rs 30 crore made during 1995-2000 and posted a profit of Rs 19 crore for the nine months ended December 31, 2001.

HGML remains the sole gold producer in the country since the closure of the Central Government-owned Bharat Gold Mines at Kolar Gold Fields. After the new plant is commissioned, its annual gold output is expected to increase to 4,000 kg, up from the 2,500 kg anticipated during the current year.

The mine depth will also be developed from 760 m to 1,000 m over the next five years.

For the year 2002-03, HGML's gold output was projected to increase to 3,500 kg or a value of Rs 150 crore, Mr Negi told a news conference here.

The surplus funds would be used for meeting the expenses on the Rs 21-crore VRS package introduced for 719 employees. Of this, the company has paid Rs 12.58 crore to 529 employees.

Mr Negi said the company had proven gold ore reserves of around 31.02 million tonnes which can yield 150.4 tonnes of gold. The satellite mines at Uti and Hirabuddinni are estimated to have reserves yielding 1.11 tonnes and 15.59 tonnes of gold respectively. The reserves could last for the next 60 years up to the depth of 3,000 metres.

Joins WGC

HGML has become the first Indian and 40th member of the World Gold Council, the WGC Secretary and Director, International Services, Mr Trevor Greenwood, announced on Wednesday. The London-based council is a network of gold producers and the official membership will enable HGML to access modern gold mining technologies, according to Mr Negi.

Send this article to Friends by E-Mail

Stories in this Section
`MERC cannot solve Dabhol dispute'


Leyland unveils new LCV
SAIL unveils corrosion-resistant steel
Tanning Tech to cut jobs
BG deal for Enron Indian assets
Banks, FIs to up stake in Balaji Distilleries
Avestha Gen seeks funding to expand R&D activities -- Plans foray into overseas markets
Cummins forays into auto services
Hutti Gold Mines to upgrade milling plant
Chemetall-Rai starts Pune operations
Sony Ericsson office in Delhi
NIS Sparta ties up with MART for rural training
IOC, RPL zeroing in on marketing deal
BIFR rejects reference by Unicorp
Unions want Trayons wind-up postponed
Madura brands may touch Rs 100 cr
Royalty termination to boost TVS bottomline
Care Technologies upbeat on prospects
Financial Tech eyes US market
CPCL looking at direct crude from VLCCs
Sun Pharma buoyed by spurt in Caraco sales
Domino's Pizza finds itself in the `frying' pan
SAIL slips on output target
Haldia Petro is No 2 in polymer sales
Bengal Govt threatens action against CESC
K M Birla quits Global Fin board
SHCIL turnover of bonds at Rs 2,000 cr
Indo Rama to source tech from Zimmer AG
Kanika Infotech board okays name change
GM to launch new model in CBU form
Infinite Computer achieves Level III
Broadcast Worldwide to raise Rs 25 cr thru pvt placement
SEBI may okay revised open offer pricing norms
Tata SSL final offer begins


The Hindu Group: Home | About Us | Copyright | Archives | Contacts | Subscription
Group Sites: The Hindu | Business Line | The Sportstar | Frontline | Home |

Copyright 2002, The Hindu Business Line. Republication or redissemination of the contents of this screen are expressly prohibited without the written consent of The Hindu Business Line