India’s state-owned mining enterprise, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), is in talks with Masan Resources to buy a partial stake in the Nui Phao tungsten mine, according to Indian media reports.
|A view of the Nui Phao tungsten mine. India’s state-owned mining enterprise, National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), is in talks with Masan Resources to buy a partial stake in the Nui Phao tungsten mine.-Photo nhipcaudautu.vn |
Nui Phao tungsten mine is located in the northern province of Thai Nguyen and has the richest reserve of tungsten minerals in the world, with a total capacity of about 66 million tonnes, equal to 33 per cent of the world’s.
Sources familiar with the matter told Indian media that a team from NMDC recently visited the Nui Phao mine and had initial discussions on the deal with Masan Resources.
According to the reports, NMDC is interested in buying a “considerable stake” in the mine, just as India’s government plans to purchase tungsten from the NMDC for national defence development.
The final decision will be conducted after due diligence is completed. NMDC declined to comment on the deal, as the firm signed a non-disclosure agreement with Masan Resources, reports said.
Viet Nam News contacted Nui Phao Mining Co Ltd, the mining arm of Masan Resources and the owner/operator of the tungsten mine. The company neither denied nor confirmed the deal, saying that its details will be sent to local media later in the process.
At the moment, India has to import tungsten to meet the domestic market demand. Mining for the metal is expensive and economically inefficient.
The Nui Phao mine is run by Masan Resources, a member of the private-equity consumer goods producer Masan Group. The first shipment to buyers began in early 2014.
However, the profitability of tungsten production in 2016 declined to 9.6 per cent from 19.9 per cent in 2015. In 2016, the company’s profit from tungsten production was VND229 billion (US$10.18 million) – the lowest among three major mining business units.
Masan Resources is traded on the Unlisted Public Company Market (UPCoM) with the code MSR. MSR closed up 14.2 per cent to VND16,500 per share yesterday, totaling a two-day increase of 25 per cent.