Tensa has been declared the best mine by the Director General of Mines Safety, Govt. of India
JSPL’s iron ore mines, at Tensa valley in district Sundargarh, Odisha, 100 km from Rourkela partially fulfill the company’s requirement of iron ore for producing sponge iron. Produced as part of JSPL’s backward integration plans to make the company self reliant, iron ore from Tensa mines ensures consistency in the quality of raw material used in sponge iron kilns. Operational since 1990, these mines are popularly known as TRB (Tantra, Raikela, and Bandhal) Mines.
The mines at Tensa meet a part of the company’s iron ore requirement for the sponge iron plant. Equipped with fully mechanised techniques, it currently produces about 3.11 MTPA of sponge grade iron ore. An additional mobile screening unit has been installed to ensure the availability of high-grade iron ore / fines for its sinter plant at Raigarh (Chhattisgarh).
Mining is done by top slicing method. OB and Ore are removed mechanically with the help of excavator and dumper. Average heights of the benches are maintained as per the regulations and permissions granted by the Director of Mines Safety, Chaibasa region. The ROM is fed to the crusher to get the final product of 5 - 20 mm crushed ore.
Haul roads are maintained properly, taking into account width and gradient. Strong parapet walls all along the haul road have been provided & maintained.
Drilling operation is carried out at the mines with the help of IBH-10 drill machine. A water injection system has been provided in the drill for wet drilling to suppress the fugitive dust. Rock breaker has been provided to break the oversize boulders eliminating secondary blasting.
Sufficient water spraying arrangements have been provided to suppress dust on haul roads with the help of fixed water sprinkling system and 20KL capacity water sprinkler throughout the working shifts. Water sprinkling arrangement has also been provided at all discharge points of OPP (Ore Processing Plant) along with the atomized sprinkling arrangement.
35 MT capacity dumpers transport the ROM from mine to crusher through a well-maintained haul road. The haul road and mine is one of the best in the locality, for which we have been accorded the best haul road prize and best overall performance award during the Annual Mines Safety Week Celebration. Besides, MEMC Week Celebration for mineral consumption & development is being conducted. Proper blending proportion was maintained to achieve the required quality and simultaneously mineral conservation is also maintained to achieve the optimum life of the mine. Various steps are being taken to achieve the optimum costing in mining. Steps are being taken for diversion of rest of the mines area from forest department. CSR activities were undertaken at the near about villages like Roads, electrification, drinking water facility, schooling, health service, SHG, education, community development, etc.
Vocational training in the field is provided to all newcomers. Training schedule is drawn from time to time, which accommodates theoretical, refresher, audio-visual and practical training (on the job & feedback test). Job training is also provided to all the contractor workers on regular basis as well.
We have a strong safety management system in place. We have different forum to discuss safety related issues & we take strong action against the unsafe acts & unsafe condition. We also have SHE Pillar team involve in additional development work in the direction of safety. We give training to all workers & management staffs internally & externally & also take part in various forums for all round awareness in regards to safety.
Set amidst a picturesque view with greenery all-around, these mines also house JSPL’s valuable team of workers. They are provided accommodation facilities with essential and recreational amenities like dispensary, playground, children’s parks, clubs, sports facility, R.O water facilities, Canteen facilities, variety store, Saloon, well equipped gymnasium, and conveyance to attend duty, etc.
- Best Mine with overall performance award on 15th Mines Environment & Mineral conservation Week 2013 by IBM
- Bala Gulshan Tandon Excellence Award 2012-13 by Federation of Indian Mineral Industries
- Best safety practices in the mining by Odisha Safety Conclave 2012 for effective & efficient operation in a scientific manner to move towards sustainable development
- Excellence Award at NCQC-2012 by QCFI
- Achieved the Silver Award for outstanding achievement in Best Strategy (HR) in the 2nd Annual Greentech HR Award, 2012 by Greentech Foundation
- Award for best CSR activities in the mining during 3rd National Seminar on Odisha State Safety Conclave
- Gold Category Award at CCQC-2012
- Best Mine with overall performance award on 50th Mines Safety Week Celebration 2012 by DGMS