NMDC and RINL in the fray for iron ore assets in Brazil
The plan, however, will not make for a substantial improvement in the sourcing conditions for private sector steel makers that do not have captive mines. Prices of iron ore auctioned by NMDC, though down by 12 per cent in the latest auctions this year, had spiralled sharply since mid-year to Rs 7,619 per tonne.
The prices have risen because NMDC is now charging import parity price for its e-auction platform. The cost differential for the sponge iron manufacturers and even integrated steel plants without a mine under their belts have shot up.
JSW Steel for instance, claims this is not fair. “To charge the domestic companies at the landed cost of iron ore is not fair,” said Seshagiri Rao, Joint MD and Group CFO. He claims the companies had set up steel plants to leverage access to cheaper ore which has been wiped out in the wake of the progressive ban on mining of the ore in Karnataka, Goa and Orissa.
Iron ore is not a homogenous product. The type of final products which a company plans to produce determines the type of ore it procures. So if a company changes its product mix, it also has to source a different variety of ore.
For a company with a captive mine, the changes in sourcing