Suzlon secures another order from National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) Installation of 24 units of S97-90 m tubular tower with rated capacity of 2.1MW each Also to offer operation and maintenance service for an initial period of 10 years through an Integrated Service Package Pune, India:

Suzlon Group, one of the leading global renewable energy solution providers, has 
won another order from National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) for a 50.40MW capacity wind power project in India. The project comprises of 24 units of S97-90 m tubular towers with rated capacity of 2.1MW each and is scheduled for completion in FY2017. NALCO’s cumulative Suzlon powered wind portfolio will increase to 100.80MW post completion of this project. The project is capable of providing power to ~27,000 households and reducing ~0.10 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per annum.

NALCO which is a public sector enterprise of the Government of India is also Asia's largest integrated aluminium company. The corporate forayed into the renewable energy space in the year 2011 by entering into a partnership with Suzlon for setting up its maiden 50.40MW wind power project in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Suzlon will be responsible for the entire project lifecycle, from development to construction and commissioning including operations, maintenance and services of the project for an initial period of 10 years. This order is a testament of the faith and confidence reposed by customers in Suzlon’s technology, execution and life cycle asset management abilities.


The S97-90 m hub height wind turbine generator features the time tested Doubly Fed Induction 
Generator (DFIG) technology which is designed to optimally harness available wind resources. It not only delivers higher energy yield, but also offers higher return on investment for our customers.

Mr. Ishwar Mangal, Chief Sales Officer, Suzlon Energy said, “We take great pride in our continued partnership with our esteemed customer NALCO. Both the corporate houses share a common resolve to transition India towards a sustainable and low carbon economy by maximizing the deployment of environment-friendly energy resources. We are glad to receive
yet another order from this customer which reaffirms their confidence in our product portfolio, project execution capabilities and life cycle asset management. With our strong customer base, customer centric credentials, next generation products, end-to-end solutions and best-in-class services, Suzlon is best equipped to capitalize on the growing opportunities India has to offer.”

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GE and Aluminium of Greece , a Mytilineos Group subsidiary, today signed a 10-year agreement in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, to implement global first-of-their-kind digital smelter solutions for AOG to enhance its aluminium smelting process and contribute to increased operational efficiency and productivity.


The digital solutions are a significant step in charting the next generation of smelting operations globally. The agreement was signed by Dimitris Stefanidis, CEO of Aluminium o
f Greece and Joseph Anis, President & CEO of GE’s Power Services business in the Middle East and Africa, in the presence of senior officials of both companies in Dubai.


“As the largest vertically integrated bauxite, alumina and aluminium production and trading unit in the European Union, we are constantly looking at innovative technologies to enhance our performance standards. The application of digital industrial solutions is a remarkable opportunity to achieve process optimization across our operations and to push productivity levels,” said Dimitris Stefanidis. “With GE’s digital smelter solutions, we are setting a global first for the aluminium industry that will contribute to our operational efficiency and set new benchmarks in the sector.”


Underlining GE’s strong global collaboration, digital strength and industrial know-how, the digital solutions for smelting operations are being created by a team of engineers and developers based in San Ramon, USA; GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence (COE) in Dubai, UAE; and GE’s Global Research Center in Bangalore, India. The project will be executed by the team based at the COE in Dubai, while the facility that the solutions will be implemented at is located in Agios Nikolaos, Viotia, Greece.


“GE has been at the forefront of digitizing the future of industry globally and in the region, providing digital industrial solutions for power generation and the LNG industry, among others” said Joseph Anis. “By bringing together the strengths of our multi-locational teams and GE Power’s Digital Smelter Center of Excellence in Dubai, we will collaborate with AOG to create a new chapter in the history of smelting operations as well.


GE has been a stable partner of Mytilineos Group for more than two decades, through its cooperation with METKA in EPC projects and subsequently with AoG having supplied it with advanced technologies and signing multi-year agreements to cover the maintenance of gas turbines and associated generators.


The digital solutions will operate in the cloud, powered by Predix* , GE’s operating system for the Industrial Internet. Virtual sensors will facilitate the ongoing evaluation of parameters such as temperature and chemistry that are not ordinarily monitored continuously. This, in turn, will help to anticipate the health and condition of the pot, providing timely monitoring reports on the operations of the plant.


“We will be able to recreate an actual smelter using artificial intelligence and physics-based models,” stated Bhanu Shekhar, Chief Digital Officer for GE Power in the Middle East and Africa. “This is a living digital model that will continuously generate smelter data, and will be a game changer in helping to address the challenges of power usage and the consumption of raw materials in the smelting industry.” “The application of the digital smelter solutions will contribute to the operational efficiency improvement of the Aluminium of Greece, by lowering raw materials’ consumption, decreasing energy consumption, and reducing pot leakages,” concluded Dimitris Stefanidis.


GE’s digital solutions for aluminium smelting can help unlock a new era of productivity for this critical industry in Europe, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and beyond. A one percent increase in efficiency of aluminium smelter operations can contribute to an annual global savings of US$970 million across the total cost of production, US$936 million in output increase, and US$464 million in operations and maintenance costs. In the GCC region alone, the same one percent increase translates into US$28 million in savings on operations and maintenance. Today, the region’s aluminium smelting industry accounts for up to ten percent of the world’s total production, and GE has a strong history of leadership in the sector to enhance competitiveness, efficiency and sustainability for customers.


About Mytilineos Group:
Mytilineos Group is a leading Greek industry active in Metallurgy & Mines, Energy and EPC Projects. Established in Greece in 1990, the Group’s holding company, MYTILINEOS HOLDINGS S.A., is listed on the Athens Exchange, has a consolidated turnover in excess of €1.3 billion and employs directly or indirectly more than 2,700 people in Greece and abroad. www.mytilineos.gr


About GE Power:
GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable. www.gepower.com

 

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London listed metals and mining conglomerate Vedanta has recorded 27 per cent growth in revenue from its aluminium operations for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

Revenue from aluminium business shot up from $418.9 million to $531.9 million as firm LME prices, volume ramp-up, lower input prices and cost cutting initiatives bolstered earnings. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, amortisation and depreciation) in the quarter was significantly higher at $95 for the same reasons and also due to rupee depreciation. Aluminium prices on the LME were robust during Q3 averaging $1710 per tonne compared to $1495 a tonne in the year-ago period.


For the April-December period, total revenue from aluminium operations moved up 10 per cent to $1396 million whereas EBITDA stood at $197 million. In this nine-month period, aluminium production by Vedanta was higher by 23 per cent year-on-year at 0.86 million tonne (mt) on the back of ramp-up of additional smelters at Balco-II and Jharsuguda smelters. Alumina production, too, was up 18 per cent at 0.89 mt as the Lanjigarh refinery in Odisha re-commenced second stream operations.


In Q3, the first line of the 1.25 mtpa Jharsuguda-II smelter was impacted by a transformer failure incident in mid- January. Rectification work is in process and 80 pots of the 336 pots are currently operational. The first line is expected to be ramped up by the end of June 2018 post rectification. The second line is fully ramped up and is expected to be capitalised in Q4 of this financial year.


The average cost of aluminium production in this period was $1429 per tonne. The smelter at Jharsuguda reported hot metal production cost of $1388 a tonne. Though Vedanta’s power costs were lower, higher alumina import price ($304 per tonne) weighed on.


In alumina, the two streams of the Lanjigarh refinery produced 0.32 mt in October-December period. The refinery currently has a de-bottlenecked capacity of 1.7 - 2.0 mt per annum and we expect to produce 1.3 mt in FY17 to offset high alumina import prices, Vedanta stated in a statement.


It is aiming to produce 1-1.1 mt aluminium by the end of this financial year excluding trial run production. The cost of production is expected to be in the range of $1450-1475 per tonne in FY17. The bauxite mines at Balco are ramping up production and are set to end the financial year with a run rate of two mt per annum.

Two major players in the field of mining and steel production have decided to join forces in Brazil.On February 23rd, ArcelorMittal and Votorantim announced that they will merge operations in Brazil.

The resulting company, which will have an estimated production of 5.6 million tons of crude long steel per year, will be a subsidiary of ArcelorMittal Brasil. The Votorantim Group, however, will hold an ownership of 15% of the resulting operation.


Votorantim Siderurgia is a Brazilian steel company founded in 2008 by the Votorantim Group. ArcelorMittal, based in Luxemburg, is the largest steel manufacturer in the world, with revenues of $63.57 billion in 2015. According to a press release issued by both companies, the operations of Votorantim in Argentina and Colombia are not part of the deal.


ArcelorMittal Brasil currently has steel operations in the Brazilian cities of João Monlevade, Cariacica, Juiz de Fora, Piracicaba and Itaúna. Through the merger, it will absorb the operations of Votorantim Siderurgia in the cities of Barra Mansa and Resende, while also acquiring 50% of the stocks of Sitrel, a steel company of the Votorantim Group in Três Lagoas, that currently operates as a joint venture with Alexandre Grendene, producing reinforcement steel.

According to analysts from Itaú bank, the deal comes at an opportune moment, because the long steel sector needs to be consolidated, as new players have increased competition in a period of diminishing demands.

Credit Suisse also sees the deal as positive. Its team of analysts, led by Ivano Westin, believes that the merger will improve the price of steel, while also benefiting the conditions of the market.

The merger is yet to be approved by regulatory agencies, including the Administrative Counsel of Economic Defense (CADE). Until the transaction is authorized, both companies will continue to function as separated entities.

Nigeria and South Africa have concluded an agreement on mining sector cooperation, suggesting that Nigeria is taking the promotion of mining seriously.


Abuja sees the sector as a key part of its diversification plan. It has toughened its stance on informal mining operations and is seeking to see the mothballed Ajaokuta steel plant and associated iron ore mine finally brought into use.


The agreement commits the two governments to implementing an earlier memorandum of understanding on the issue over the next two years. As by far the biggest mining centre in Africa, South Africa will provide advice on geology; the regulatory framework and licensing; mineral processing; metallurgy; artisanal and small-scale mining; investment promotion; and capacity building.


Mosebenzi Zwane, the South African Minister of Mineral Resources, said: “With the implementation of this action plan, we will be able to better advance and ensure benefits to both countries from the development of our respective mining value chains, in line with our respective national priority programmes; which include diversification of the economy, job creation, energy security and industrialisation.” Pretoria will help to organise a mining investment conference in Nigeria later this year.


Abuja has identified mining and agriculture as the two best sectors to help with economic diversification. The government’s mining sector roadmap was launched in December and its strategy seems to have two main elements: encouraging large scale projects and formalising the activities of artisanal and small-scale miners. The World Bank has provided $150m for the Mineral Sector for Economic Diversification programme, which will provide finance to small-scale miners. State royalties and fees from mining activity are still low but jumped from N700m ($2.2m) in 2015 to N2bn ($6.3m) in 2016.


Although the government has to cut expenditure because of the recession and sustained low oil prices, it has increased the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development’s budget from N1bn ($3.1m) in 2015 to N7.3bn ($22.9m) in 2016 and N12.9bn ($40.5m) for 2017. The government’s other measures include helping banks to build up their expertise in the sector and working with the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority to set up a $600m investment fund this year.


State regulation of the industry is also being stepped up. At the end of January, Salim Salaam, the director of the Mines Environmental Compliance Department, said that 20 mining companies had been sanctioned over their operations.

He said: “Honestly speaking, the level of mining companies’ compliance with the ministry’s law and regulation is very low. We have started a sensitisation programme across all the zones, educating them on why it is mandatory to adhere to our law to avoid sanctions.”


Itakpe and Ajaokuta

The biggest project likely to be developed is the Itakpe iron ore mine in Kogi State, which will be developed to supply the Ajaokuta steel plant. Work on the facility, which would have annual production capacity of 5m tonnes a year, began as long ago as 1979 but a succession of disputes saw the project mothballed.

President Muhammadu Buhari seems determined to ensure that it is finally completed and the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, believes that $2bn in investment is needed to bring the plant on stream.

Once operational, output on Itakpe could be increased to supply other steel producers in the country. However, the scheme’s fate hangs in the balance. Global Steel Holdings of India has agreed to take on the mine but Chinese investors are also reported to be in talks with the government.

Malte Liewerscheidt, senior Africa analyst at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft, said: “An inherent risk with these kinds of brownfield investments is that investors underestimate the turnaround cost to start production. Protectionist tariffs on steel or even an outright import ban are certainly on the cards to shield the Ajaokuta plant from international competition. This would lead to a rise in costs for building.”

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On behalf of Saarland’s steel industry, SHS Ventures, a venture capital company, has acquired a stake in Mapudo GmbH, an independent trading platform for steel traders based in Düsseldorf.

The investment in the single digit million range has taken place along with two other investors, the NRW.Bank and HR Ventures, in order to finance Mapudo’s growth.


Founded in 2014, Mapudo is a promising e-commerce start-up in sales of steel products. With this participation, SHS Ventures intends to achieve an extension of the value chain within the SHS group as well as further impetus for both internal and external digitalisation. Dr Michael Müller, Chairman of the Board of SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH&Co.KGaA, explained the reasons behind the commitment saying, “This participation suits our concept of further development as a technological leader.

With this step, we want to drive forward our activities in the fields of e-commerce and digitalisation of sales channels”. The Member of the Board at Saarstahl, responsible for Sales, Dr Klaus Richter, explained “Sales processes are becoming ever more varied, individual and flexible. We want to use Mapudo‘s digital know-how to be able to offer our customers the ideal mix of sales channels in the future too.”


“With the financing round concluded, we have the possibility to extend the technical development of our platform and thus further improve the product for our customers” says Sebastian Grethe, Managing Director at Mapudo GmbH. “In addition, we also have the possibility to place ourselves on a broader footing in the field of marketing in order to make the market place better known among steel consumers”, Grethe adds.


About SHS Ventures:

The investment company was founded by VSE AG and SHS – Stahl-Holding-Saar GmbH & Co. KGaA in February 2016. The aim is to identify and develop new business fields together for the location of the Saarland so as to be able to actively take part in current developments. In doing so, SHS Ventures targetedly contacts start-up companies both at home and abroad.

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AK Steel announced it is launching NEXMET™, an innovative family of high strength steels for use in automotive lightweighting applications. These products are specifically designed to assist automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in meeting 2025 U.S. Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) targets.

AK Steel’s NEXMET family of products will offer high strength, greater ductility (elongation), and improved formability solutions for a range of needs for structural and exterior automotive body lightweighting uses.


NEXMET 440EX is the company’s first new steel to be launched in this family of products. This new exposed surface quality product combines high yield and tensile strength at thinner gauges to facilitate lightweight designs. This results in enhanced performance where surface appearance and dent resistance are critical. AK Steel’s NEXMET 440EX is currently available and is being qualified by automotive OEMs as a steel solution for exposed body panel lightweighting needs.


“We are excited about the opportunities NEXMET 440EX offers automotive designers in their efforts to lightweight vehicles,” said Roger K. Newport, Chief Executive Officer of AK Steel. “This product is yet another important part of AK Steel’s strategy to offer innovative products for our customers.”


AK Steel will launch its Next Generation Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) products, NEXMET 1000 and 1200 in early 2017, following completion of upgrades at AK Steel’s Dearborn Works hot dip galvanized line. These AHSS steels will offer significantly improved ductility at tensile strengths of 1000 megapascal (MPa) and 1200 MPa, and will be used to help lightweight automotive body structures.

AK Steel
AK Steel is a leading producer of flat-rolled carbon, stainless and electrical steel products, and carbon and stainless tubular products, primarily for automotive, infrastructure and manufacturing, construction and electrical power generation and distribution markets. Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio (Greater Cincinnati), the company employs approximately 8,500 men and women at eight steel plants, two coke plants and two tube manufacturing plants across six states (Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia) and one tube plant in Mexico. Additional information about AK Steel is available at www.aksteel.com

 

Sandvik, a developer and producer of advanced stainless steels, special alloys, titanium and other high-performance materials, has extensively increased its presence inoffshore Egypt in 2016, booking several large orders.

The total contract values from the ordersin 2016 across the scope of supply arein excess of 100 million Euros (107 million USD),which represents a milestone development for Sandvik in the region. This means that Sandvik will provide a comprehensive scope of oil and gas solutions for the ongoing giant gas field developments in the region.


Sandvik has seen double-digit growth in the region over the past three years, and recently established its EMEA Oil and Gas headquarters in Dubai, United Arab Emirates to service major projects happening in the region and to remain in close proximity to regional customers.


The East Mediterranean is brimming with opportunity. For example the recently discovered Zohr offshore field near Egypt, the largest natural gas discovery in the Mediterranean in the last decade, will greatly boost the country’s energy potential. The “super giant” field potentially boasts an estimated 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.


Phil Cherrie, Regional Sales and Marketing Manager, Oil & Gas, EMEA, Sandvik, said, “Operating in an offshore environment such as the Mediterranean Sea requires materials that are able to withstand the harsh conditions that these operations present. Having been chosen by the operators as well as equipment manufacturers and service providersto provide these solutions serves as testament to the quality of Sandvik’s products and solutions.”


As part of the contracts Sandvik will be providing: Super Duplex steel umbilical tubing; SANICRO 28, a high-alloy, high strength austenitic stainless steel for OCTG downhole production tubing together with alliance partner Tenaris; seamless alloy 625 control line and chemical injection lines encapsulated with tubing encased conductor (TEC lines).


Deliveries of these solutions have already begun in 2016 and will continue on throughout 2017.

Additionally, Sandvik will be exhibiting at the Egypt Petroleum Show 2017. At the Sandvik booth (stand 1E61, hall 1), the Swedish company will present its wide range of corrosion-resistant products including umbilical tubing, OCTG tubing, downhole control lines, hydraulic lines for drilling risers, tubing for sand screens, subsea piping material, welding products and slicklines. The booth will also display the complex components of powder metallurgy hot isostatic pressing (HIP) for subsea equipment.


Visitors will also learn more about the technical leadership and support that Sandvik can offer on material selection and solutions for corrosion challenges. Additionally major project highlights in the region will be showcased.


According to Phil Cherrie, Egypt and the region continues to be an important market for the company. The company has been active in the region for more than 30 years now and continues to invest actively in people and partnerships to support the wide customer base.


For further information on Sandvik, please visit the website: http://www.smt.sandvik.com.


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The recently commissioned ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district of Odisha, has achieved a major milestone with the first ever production of ferro-chrome on February 25, 2017, with compliance to all technical parameters.

Chromite briquettes used for making ferro-chrome have been produced by the Briquetting Plant at the ferro-chrome plant complex. The Briquetting Plant had earlier commenced production on January 23, 2017. For the plant, the steel major is sourcing chrome ore from its chromite mine at Sukinda in Jajpur district of Odisha.


Speaking on the occasion Mr D B Sundara Ramam, Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division of Tata Steel said, "This marks the completion of the commissioning of the ferro-chrome plant. It also goes a long way in consolidating our footprint in Odisha and the long standing partnership with the state towards industrial progress of the region.”


As part of the anchor investment in Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Industrial Park, the Rs 542 crore Ferro-chrome plant has an installed capacity of 55,000 tonne per annum (TPA). The plant was inaugurated on November 30, 2016 by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. It is a unique environment-friendly plant with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment and technology such as the ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) and STP (Sewage Treatment Plant). It has 100% water harvesting facility that caters to most of the water needs of the plant. It has an indigenously built semi-closed hybrid furnace, which is first of its kind in India and components procured from all over the world to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Also, it is the first plant in India to use briquetting method of Chrome ore fines agglomeration.


Besides the plant at Gopalpur, Tata Steel has two other Ferro-chrome plants in Odisha- a 65,000 TPA plant at Bamnipal in Keonjhar district and the other at Athagarh in Cuttack district of 55,000 TPA capacity under the management of its subsidiary T S Alloys.


About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world's second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corpo rate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ by TIME Award, the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, among several others.


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The Bureau of Land Management on Monday gave its final approval for a 2.4-mile-long open pit phosphate mine in Caribou County. However, an appeal filed on the same day is stopping the work from moving forward at least for now.

The Canadian company Agrium proposed the Rasmussen Valley Mine 18 miles northeast of Soda Springs to replace the existing North Rasmussen Ridge Mine, which will be mined out later this year.

Agrium turns phosphate ore into fertilizer used by farmers, and company officials say all of their production is generally sold in the U.S.


The new mine would be located primarily on federal land managed by the U.S. Forest Service and BLM, according to an Agrium news release, and both agencies have now given their OK.


“With approval of the Rasmussen Valley Mine, Agrium will continue to provide 500 well-paying jobs in SE Idaho, including $50 million in direct wages and benefits,” according to the news release. “Idaho will continue to benefit from $260 million in economic impact, including millions of dollars paid in State and local taxes.”


Company officials say the project has involved thorough environmental assessments, community engagement and years of research.


“The result is an innovative and collaborative mine plan that we are proud of, and that will provide the ore we need to supply local agriculture,” said Mike Dirham, Agrium’s vice president of potash and phosphate. “By the end of the project, the area will look much the same as it did before we began.”


But the Yellowstone to Uintas Connection (Y2U), which describes itself as a nonprofit organization working to protect the integrity and habitat quality of the wildlife corridor connecting the Great Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Mountains and Southern Rockies, questions the thoroughness and legality of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Record of Decision (ROD).


“The agencies have taken a mine-centric approach and failed to analyze cumulative impacts from past, present and future activities including mining, roads, OHVs and human traffic and other factors fragmenting and degrading habitat, polluting soils and waters in the SE Idaho Phosphate Mining Region, which is part of the Regionally Significant Wildlife Corridor connecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to the Uinta Mountains and Southern Rockies,” according to the organization’s appeal.


Y2U is seeking a stay in the matter and is requesting that the EIS and ROD be withdrawn. It’s also asking for the imposition of a remedy for interim management until BLM addresses the deficiencies it believes exists.


Jeff Cundick, minerals branch chief for the BLM’s Pocatello Field Office, said an EIS assessing potential impacts of the mine was released to the public in September, and they subsequently received comments from government and non-government agencies and organizations, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and various citizens.


Cundick said some comments involved concerns about environmental impacts, while others expressed support for jobs and economic benefits.


“These comments were carefully considered by BLM prior to making a decision to approve a mining plan that included measures to reduce environmental impacts and ensure compliance with established requirements from mining activities,” he said.


Cundick noted that BLM is reviewing Y2U’s appeal with the Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Solicitor’s Office.

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