Shri Nagendra Nath Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Steel, today unveiled a groundbreaking ceremony for the Mining operations at Mount Celia Gold Project located in Western Australia. This initiative, undertaken by Legacy Iron Ore Limited, a subsidiary of the State-owned Steel CPSE, NMDC Ltd, has been met with great anticipation and stands as a testament to the relentless dedication and commitment of NMDC in diversifying its mineral assets. What sets this moment apart is the establishment of the first gold mine in NMDC’s extensive portfolio, signifying a remarkable accomplishment for the organization.
This groundbreaking event also represents the culmination of a rigorous process that involved securing all necessary statutory approvals and finalizing the mining contract with Bain Global Resources. It is worth mentioning that the surface and mine infrastructure works have progressed rapidly, setting the stage for ore mining to commence in the Blue Peter pits in the coming weeks. The first ore for processing at Paddington Gold Mine is scheduled for CYQ1, 2024, and it is poised to become a significant contributor to India’s gold production landscape.
The Ministry of Steel is proud to share this remarkable milestone, as NMDC, a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) under the Ministry of Steel, continues to play a pivotal role in strengthening India’s mining and mineral resources sector.