VIOM is one of the largest Iron Ore mine in the private sector in the Bellary-Hospet region of Karnataka State. Float ore mining activity for Iron Ore began here during 1962. Mechanization began in 1977 with the introduction of excavators and payloaders. Presently, the mine is mechanized to handle approximately seven million metric tons of ore and waste per annum.
In 1981, a small-scale processing plant was installed, and in 1991, a downhill conveyor system was introduced. A beneficiation plant was introduced in 1993 and a larger capacity crushing and beneficiation plant was added in 2002.
VIOM is a fully mechanized, open-cast mine with a downhill conveyor system that transports Iron Ore from the mine directly to our on-site processing facilities, which include two primary processing plants with throughputs of 350 and 150 metric tons per hour, respectively, and a reprocessing plant with a throughput of 200 metric tons per hour. To get additional railway rakes allotment, some of the ore mined at VIOM is transported 26 kilometres by road to Ingiligi village, for further processing at the MSPL Exports processing plant, which, will be acquired by us as part of our acquisition of MSPL Exports effective April 1, 2006.