India's biggest iron ore producer, NMDC, has announced a price cut of about 10-12% in the price of iron ore for the month of Jan’19, SteelMint has heard from its market sources.
Market participants were expecting a price cut looking at aggressive price cuts done by Odisha miners.
Last month NMDC had slashed iron ore price between INR 450-785/MT for Dec’18 via two successive price cuts announced.
Odisha based major merchant miners have reduced iron ore prices drastically. Fines prices have come down by 34% while lump prices have come down by 25%. Key merchant miners in Odisha are looking at scaling up their iron ore production in order to utilize their remaining Environmental Clearance (EC) approved for the financial year 2019 (Apr 2018 – Mar 2019)
Serajuddin mine has cut its iron ore lump prices by INR 500/MT w.e.f 31st Dec’18. As per sources, the miner has cut prices of 5-18mm (Fe 63%) from INR 4,300/MT to INR 3,800/MT (ex-mines, including Royalty, DMF & NMET).Miner has cut prices for regular buyers.
World's 3rd largest iron ore importer - South Korea has witnessed fall in iron ore and pellet import volumes in Feb’19. The imports witnessed at 5.06 MnT, down 18% as against 6.19 MnT in Jan’19. However, the imports on yearly basis dropped 4% as against 5.26 MnT in Feb’18.
JSW Steel - India's largest steel maker total iron ore sourcing at 2.85 MnT in Feb’19. The sourcing witnessed 53% rise M-o-M as against 1.87 MnT in Jan'19. On yearly basis, sourcing increased 19% as against 2.40 MnT in Feb’18.
Russian imports of iron ore, ferro alloys and coal dropped in Jan'19 amidst falling temperature and congestion at rail and port terminals.
Iron ore concentrate production of major Iranian mining companies stood at 41,919,926 tonnes in the first eleven-month of current Iranian year (March 21,2018-February19,2019),up 19 percent year-on-year.
MMTC- India’s largest and state-owned trading house, has floated EOI for empanelment of mine owners/ suppliers/ traders for the supply of non-canalised Iron Ore Fines and CLO.
Eseel Mining, a unit of Aditya Birla group is set to reduce its offers for iron ore lumps by Rs 400/t ($5.6). Essel Mining is one of the largest merchant iron ore miners with an annual capacity of 10 million tonnes per annum in the state of Odisha.