Tata Steel’s main areas of raw material operations are iron-ore, chromite and coal. With a firm belief in sustainable mining for over a century, the Company endeavours to have greater control over raw material resources and achieve its security across global operations.
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Tata Steel’s Raw Materials Division, also referred to as the OMQ (Ores, Mines & Quarries), consists of four units -

  • Noamundi Iron Mine (NIM)
  • Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM)
  • Khondbond Iron Mine (KIM)
  • Katamati Iron Mine (KTM)

While the OMQ fulfills 100% raw material needs of the Jamshedpur Steel Works and the requirement of sister concerns, Tata Steel’s Global Minerals Group has the responsibility for managing raw material assets across the globe. The chromite and manganese mines and their operations have been amalgamated under the ‘Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division’ that acts as a separate profit centre.

The Company’s Raw Materials operations in India are spread across the states of Jharkhand and Orissa and more than 1500 personnel are working in different mines of OMQ. All the four units are ISO 9001 (Quality Management System), ISO 14001 (Environment Management System) and ISO 18001 (Occupational Health & Safety Assessment Series) certified.

As steel production in India is projected to grow to over 120 Million tonnes by the year 2015, expansion plans for OMQ includes enhancement of production capacity from the current level of 13 MTPA to 18 MTPA in the coming years.

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Noamundi Iron Mine (NIM)



Location: West Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, around 126 Km from Jamshedpur.

As NIM is the headquarter of the OMQ division, the Divisional Head General Manager (OMQ) operates from Noamundi. The mine is one of the best open cast iron ore mines in the world having state-of-the-art and sophisticated mining operations. Continuous improvement and upgradation of processes ensures sustainable mining and responsible utilisation of natural resources.

Existing Facilities: The NIM operations and its adjacent areas are well laid out and planned with wide lanes and wide stretches of greenery that includes several parks. In addition, there are all facilities that ensure a comfortable and convenient lifestyle for employees. The various needs of 800 plus employees and their families are met through-

  • Hospital with ICU
  • Schools and Colleges
  • Sports Complex with ultra-modern gymnasium
  • Clubs for social activities
  • Well appointed canteens
  • Training Centre


Joda East Iron Mine (JEIM)

Location: Keonjhar district of Odisha

Mining operations at the Joda East Iron Mine started in 1956 and it has one of the richest deposits of iron ore. At present it employs around 400 personnel. The JEIM operations spread over an area of almost eight sq. km and the iron ore here is of hard and massive type and runs on top of the hill practically from end to end. Mining is done by the conventional Open Pit Benching System but processes are constantly evolving through innovations and knowledge management practices.

Today, with its wealth of natural resources, Odisha is the focal point of development for many industries. Tata Steel’s involvement in the overall development of Odisha takes everything within its fold and the Company is committed to establish the State as one of the most advanced in the country.

Existing Facilities: The Tata Steel Rural Development Society (TSRDS) was set up as a dedicated wing for a holistic development of the entire mining belt in Joda and the villages surrounding it.

Joda is characterised by its organised townships with modern amenities like clubs, schools, a marketing complex, co-operative stores and co-operative credit societies. Sports and recreational activities are also integral to life at Joda. The Centenary Park was dedicated by Tata Steel to the people of Joda on the occasion of its centenary in 2007.

The Hospital at Joda is a milestone in Odisha healthcare with a state-of-the-art intensive care unit and a blood bank. It provides medical treatment to Company employees and also extends its services to the local population in the region.


Khondbond Iron Mine

Location: Keonjhar district of Orissa, around 18 km from Joda East Iron Mine

The Khondbond mine has deposits of sponge grade iron ore and also occurrences of manganese ore. The iron ore deposit in this mine is worked by mechanised open cast mining in a series of 6 m high benches. The Crushing Plant at Khondbond, established in 1994, crushes the ore in three stages to produce lump ore, which is dispatched for sponge iron making to M/s. Tata Sponge Iron Ltd. (TSIL) at Joda, while the fines are transported to the Steel Works at Jamshedpur. At Khondbond around 115 persons are working at present.


Katamati Iron Mine

Location: Keonjhar district of Orissa

The Katamati lease held by the Company is the southern extension of Noamundi Iron Mine in Jharkhand. The mine was earlier operated by manual opencast method. Subsequently, in 2003, the mining operations were mechanised by a series of 6m high benches. The run-of-mine ore is transported to the Noamundi Iron Mine, and processed at the LRP Plant for Wet Processing. Around 25 personnel are engaged in this mine.