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Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) is functioning under Ministry of Mines, Govt. of India with 100% Government of India holding, for systematic exploration of minerals “To Bridge The Gap Between Initial Discovery of Mineral Prospect and its Eventual Exploitation”.  It is the only organisation both in Government and in private sector, possessing entire spectrum of mineral exploration facilities under one roof . Since its inception in 1972, MECL has grown from strength to strength by adopting modern techniques of exploration and it has now emerged as the premier exploration agency in the country.  The Company has its corporate office at Nagpur, Maharashtra, with a number of Zonal / Project offices located throughout the length and breadth of the country.  The authorised capital is Rs. 125 crores.

Dedicated service of MECL in mineral exploration over three decades has resulted in updating mineral inventory of various minerals manifold and setting up of a number of mineral based industries and Companies in India.  Since inception till date, it has completed over 1331 projects of detailed mineral exploration, mine development and 1,56,665 million tonnes of mineral reserves have been established. The exploration inputs are 9.47 million metres of drilling, 3.32 million metres of geophysical logging, 6126 of detailed geological mapping and topographical survey and 0.29 million metres of exploratory & developmental mining.  Beside this more than 186 projects on remote sensing and environmental studies have also been completed.

The main strength of the company is its team of  well-qualified and experienced exploration geologists, geophysicists, analytical chemists, drilling  & mining engineers and surveyors supported by highly skilled, trained technical and scientific staff and state-of-art computer facilities.

MECL has made noteworthy contributions in development of the nation by exploration of coal, lignite, base metals, gold, bauxite, limestone etc.  and has achieved  several   distinctions such as ;

Brought India on the world bauxite map by augmenting large metallurgical grade bauxite reserves in East Coast Provinces of India, which was appreciated by World class Players in aluminium industry.  This has resulted in creation of National Aluminium Company Ltd. (NALCO), the largest aluminium Company and several investments are in pipeline for greenfield alumina/aluminium plants.

The largest open cast mine for copper at Malanjkhand and rich copper potential of Banwas had turned out to be the lifeline for Hindustan Copper Ltd. (HCL).

The underground gold mining at Chigargunta by Bharat Gold Mines Ltd. (BGML) and open cast mine at Uti by Hutti Gold Mines Ltd. (HGML).

The coal production has witnessed a quantum leap from a level of 70 million tonnes  to over 400 million tonnes  and inflow of matching investments in new coal mining projects in the private sector too.

Several lignite based power projects have been /  are being established with huge investments in coal deficient states.

It has diversified its activities into CBM exploration & commercial mining. 

It has emerged as one of the leading agencies in slim hole drilling for CBM and is currently planning to provide services for production well drilling for CBM.

A longest incline of 600 metres was constructed at  Balaria lead-zinc deposit in Rajasthan.  India’s longest raise of 143 metres was also constructed   at  Zawar.

MECL has carried out drilling for geo-technical studies at Pir Panjal range of Jammu & Kashmir for the prestigious Kashmir Rail Project, Dulhasti Hydroelectric project, Chemera Hydroelectric project and in Subensiri Basin . 

It has also contributed significantly in the preparation of ground water potential maps under “Rajiv Gandhi National Drinking Water Mission”.

Successfully completed a deepest borehole of 1400 Metre depth for CBM investigation in Gondwana Formation (Jharia coalfield) on behalf of CMPDIL.

With these achievements, a number of foreign companies have joined / are joining hands with MECL to expand their activities in India under the on- going liberalization process in Mineral Industry.

MECL, with the developed infrastructure and expertise, is committed to execute cost and time effective comprehensive programme(s) from reconnaissance survey to pre-feasibility studies on turn key basis.  It will “leave no stone unturned” to achieve the goals, singly or in association with suitable strategic partners in the present economic reforms. 

MECL has expertise and renders services in the following fields:

left_menu_icon.jpg Remote Sensing through Satellite Imagery.

left_menu_icon.jpg Regional and Detailed Geological Mapping.

left_menu_icon.jpg Topographic and Underground Survey.

left_menu_icon.jpg Exploratory Drilling upto 2000 metres.

left_menu_icon.jpg Drilling for Geo-thermal Energy and Geo-technical Studies.

left_menu_icon.jpg Surface and Borehole Geophysics.

left_menu_icon.jpg Exploratory Mining / Developmental Mining.

left_menu_icon.jpg Chemical, Mineralogical and Petrological Analysis. 

left_menu_icon.jpg World Class IT Centre for Mineral Exploration.

left_menu_icon.jpg Mineral Deposit Assessment & 3-D Ore Body Modelling.

left_menu_icon.jpg Preparation of Pre-Feasibility Reports.

left_menu_icon.jpg Geo-technical and Geo-physical studies for Construction industry


IRON :  In the Iron ore sector, MECL has proved 2617  million tonnes of reserves with  49,508 m of drilling and 7062 m of  exploratory mining and associated geological work  and laboratory studies. The clientele include M/s. SAIL, KIOCL, Dalmia International, Sindhudurg Mining Corporation, Bhilai Steel Plant, NINL, etc.  Established the single largest iron ore deposit at Chiria in Jharkhand state, India with 1970 million tonnes of 62.15% Fe.

BAUXITE  : MECL has carried out Bauxite exploration during  the last three decades in 31 deposits (40 Blocks) with 1,78,038 m of drilling and 12,121 m of mining and associated geological studies  in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Kerala, Chattisgargh and Jharkhand.  A total of  1277 million tonnes of  metallurgical grade bauxite  reserves have been established.  The clientele are  NALCO, BALCO, L& T, Hindalco, DGM (Erst while Bihar), Sterlite, etc.

COPPER : MECL has established  612 million tonnes of copper ore in 61 blocks which are located in  the states of Jharkhand, Karnataka, M.P, Maharashtra, Orissa, Rajasthan and Sikkim with 358010 m of drilling, 20764 m of  exploratory mining and other geological work.  On the basis of MECL’s work, largest open cast mine at Malanjkhand and rich copper potential of Banwas had turned out to be the lifeline for HCL.

LEAD & ZINC :  MECL has carried out exploration in 29 projects involving 112285 m of drilling,  16025 m of mining  and   176  million tonnes of reserves were established in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttaranchal and  West Bengal.  Noteworthy,  amongst the promising lead zinc prospects explored by MECL in the recent past is the one at  Kayar in Ajmer District, Rajasthan,  wherein  10.14 million tonnes of  ore reserves with 2.66 % Pb and 14.89%  Zn were established.  

GOLD : MECL has explored 42 blocks/ deposits of Gold in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jharkhand and Kerala states  & proved 45.35  million tonnes of  reserves through  136350 m of drilling &  27951 m  of mining  and associated geological work. The underground gold mining at Chigargunta by  erstwhile BGML and open cast mine at Uti by HGML  have been   developed on the basis of MECL data.  The gold deposit at Dona in Kurnool Dist. of Andhra Pradesh was explored in detail by MECL which resulted in establishing 7.77 million tonnes  of reserves containing more than 2 grams per tonne of gold. 

COAL : MECL  has carried out coal exploration in over  879  blocks  in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chhattisgarh,  Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalya, Nagaland, Orissa, Sikkim and West Bengal.  A total of 4624325 m of drilling and 42112 m of mining & associated geological work  have resulted in proving of  95109  million tonnes of  coking and non coking  coal reserves.

LIGNITE : The exploration carried out by MECL in the states of Gujarat, Jammu & Kashmir, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu has established 36,933 million tonnes of  lignite reserves through   15,99,630 m of drilling and  879 m  of mining  was done.  The recent finding of vast lignite reserves at Riri in Bikaner, Rajasthan won the National Mineral Award for the Scientists of MECL.  

LIME STONE :  MECL has established 2459 million tonnes of  SMS  & cement grade limestone reserves in 9 deposits in the  states of  Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya and Rajasthan by conducting 29,760 m of drilling and 1880 m of  mining.

GEO-TECHNICAL INVESTIGATIONS: MECL has also successfully completed drilling for geo-technical studies like tunnel, dam site investigation, etc. in the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam (Subensiri Basin), Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh       (Chamera Hydroelectric Project) and in high altitude areas of Jammu & Kashmir(Dulhasti Hydroelectric Project and Pir Panjal Rail Tunnel).

GEO-THERMAL STUDIES : MECL carried out exploration for geo-thermal energy in 1991 in Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir) and it is likely to undertake geo-thermal exploration work along  with CEA and MNRE.   

Significant contribution has also been made for the exploration of tin, tungsten, rock phosphate, diamond, etc.    


Corporate Office

Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar Bhawan,
Seminary Hills, Nagpur- 440 006
Maharashtra India.
Call : 0091-712-2510310, 2511833
e-mail : headbd[at]mecl[dot]gov[dot]in
CIN : U13100MH1972GOI016078

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