World’s biggest zinc mines, smelters in India suspended for country lockdown – sources

Hindustan Zinc, owner of some of the largest zinc mines and smelters in the world, is suspending most of its domestic operations in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan due to a nationwide lockdown.

Hindustan Zinc has informed local clients that operations will be reduced to a minimum for at least several weeks to align with a government lockdown to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, Fastmarkets has learned.
Crucial mining operations in Rajasthan include Rampura Agucha, which is the second largest zinc mine in the world. Another key mine in the region owned by Hindustan Zinc is the high-silver zinc and lead mine, Sindesar Khurd Mine, which is India's largest underground mine with a production capacity of 4.5 million tpy of zinc and lead concentrate.

Rampura Agucha has an annual production capacity of 3.9 million tonnes of zinc and lead concentrates, according to Hindustan Zinc’s website. The...

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Julian Luk

March 27, 2020

10:55 GMT

London