Hindalco Industries Limited owns 51 percent of Aditya Birla Minerals Limited (ABML), with the rest being held by the public. ABML has 100 per cent holding in Birla Nifty Pty Limited and Birla Mt. Gordon Pty Limited located in Western Australia and Queensland, respectively. ABML, an S&P ASX 300 Index company, is one of the largest pure copper companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
The Nifty copper operation consists of an underground mine, heap leach pads, a solvent extraction and electro winning (SX-EW) processing plant, and a copper concentrator plant. A copper sulphide deposit is located at the lower levels of the Nifty open pit mine and an underground mine and concentrator have been developed to mine and process 2.3mtpa ore from this deposit.
The Nifty sulphide operation commenced ore production from stoping in December 2005 and concentrate production in March 2006. During FY2011, Nifty produced 58,035 tonnes of copper in concentrate.
Birla Nifty's copper cathode capacity is 25ktpa. Open pit mining was stopped in 2006. The cathode operations were put in care and maintenance during GFC, and are currently being examined to restart the cathode operations.
Mt. Gordon operations include underground mining operations and a concentrator plant with a milling capacity to process up to 1.5mtpa of ore to produce copper in concentrate. The Mt. Gordon copper operation consists of an underground mine and a copper concentrate plant.
In 2004, a copper concentrator was commissioned to provide concentrate for use at Hindalco's operations in Dahej, Gujarat. During FY2009, Mt. Gordon produced 17,815 tonnes of copper in concentrate, before it was put under care and maintenance in January 2009. Mt Gordon copper operations were restarted in April 2011.
Both Nifty and Mt. Gordon have a long-term life of mine off-take agreement with Hindalco for supply of copper concentrate to the copper smelter at Dahej, Gujarat.
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