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Expert in Copper Smelting, Copper Refining, Copper Recycling and Copper Rod Making

Expert ID: 726202 India

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Has extensive experince in Copper Melting in Induction furnace, Arc Furnace, Oil fired furnaces as well as Shaft furnace

Set up a secondary copper smelter for recovering Copper from wastes using Kaldo Technology

Operated a Conventional copper refinery at Khetri Copper Comples.
Set up a state of art Copper Refinery based upon ISA Process at Jhagadia Copper
Streamlined a ISA process Copper Refinery of Sterlite at Silvassa and expanded fhe plant . Got LME registration for the cathodes.

Operated HCL's 30,000 Mt per year Wire bar casting plant having Arc Furnace, and oil fired furnaces

Set up and commissioned 60,000 Mt per year Continuous Cast rod plant for copper based upon South wire (Properzi) technolgy

Opereted three CCR plants of Sterlite industries based upon Properzi technolgy.


Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1969 Degree: Bachelor of Science (Engineering) Subject: Metallurgical Engineering Institution: Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Year: 1971 Degree: Master of Engineering Subject: Chemical Metallurgy Institution: Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Year: 1984 Degree: Master of Business Administration Subject: Business Administration Institution: University of Leeds, leeds, United Kingdom

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2006 to 2007 Employer: Jhagadia Copper Ltd Title: President & Chief Operating Officer Department: General Managemen Responsibilities: He was responsible for all operational activities of the company. The company is a secondary copper smelter (recycler) with a capacity of 50,000 Mt/year.
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Years: 1999 to 2005 Employer: Sterlite Industries Ltd Title: Vice President - Operations Department: General Management Responsibilities: During Dec 2002 to Jan 2006 he was working as Vice President – Technology Development reporting to CEO (Metals) since Dec 2002 looking after Corporate Research & Development for Sterlite Group ( a group with a turnover exceeding US $ 2 Billion) consisting of Sterlite Copper, Hindustan Zinc Ltd, Bharat Aluminium Co Ltd and Madras Aluminium Co Ltd. The R & D Labs were set up as a new initiative under expert's guidance. The job involved identifying and working on technology development projects in the areas of Copper, Zinc and Aluminium extraction. Set up a E-Library as a novel initiative for dissemination of knowledge in a cost effective manner.

The significant achievements during this period, besides setting up of the Technology center were :

1. Setting up of the lab to support development of new technologies with new ethos and environment. Follow up with a 3 year road map with specific targets. New model/ platform for interacting with Plant personnel.
2. Development of process for extraction of Selenium from Copper Slimes
3. Initial development of using biotechnology for ETP
4. Initial development of using Microwaves in ore communion
5. Development of process and Flow sheet for Sindheshwar Khurd deposit of HZL including pilot plant trial.
6. Visited KCM, Zambia, studied the refineries and Lab set up. Gave recommendations for revamping and improving productivity.

During jan 1999 to Dec 2002 Worked as the unit head of Sterlite's world class 180,000 Mt Copper Refinery and Casting plant using ISA Process for 4 years.
Significant achievements during this period were :

1. The capacity of the plant was increased from 100,000 Mt to 180,000 Mt/year.
2. The product got prestigious registration from London Metal Exchange for Grade A cathodes besides ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 19001.
3. The export effort was also started under my guidance and today Sterlite is a leading player in Middle East copper market.
4. The plant achieved operating and cost parameters compared to the best in the world.
He was a member of the Copper Management Committee which formulated policies and frame work for growth of copper business and adoption of best management practices.
Years: 1992 to 1999 Employer: Jhagadia c Copper Ltd Title: Vice President Department: Projects Responsibilities: Joined SWIL as a Dy. General Manager and rose to the level of Vice President. Fully involved in setting up a 50,000 Mt per year Copper Smelter & matching refinery costing US $ 150 million.
1. Conceived the project, prepared Detailed Project Report and got the same cleared for Financial Assistance through ICICI.
2. Identified technology supplier and after techno- commercial discussions finalized contract with overseas collaborators & detailed engineering consultant.
3. Assisted Vice Chairman for finalizing site, layout etc.
4. Coordination of packages for project construction and project management of a Rs 500 Crore project. The job also involved clearance from statutory agencies, notably environment ministry,

Years: to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Manager (metallurgy) Department: Refinery, CC Rod Plant, Projects Responsibilities: From Feb 1987 to April 1992, Set up a 60,000 Mt per year Copper Continuous Wire rod plant at Taloja for M/s Hindustan Copper Ltd from conception to commissioning. The plant crossed rated capacity in 2 month’s of commissioning. The product was quality was upgraded to the best quality. Around 80 % of the imported spares were indigenized.

Also worked partly as technical consultant to Bureau of Industrial Costs and Prices during the period under deputation on a part time basis.
From Aug 1971 to feb 1987,Joined as Graduate Engineer Trainee and rose to the position of Manager (Metallurgy)

Worked in the following areas :

• Erection & commissioning of Copper Refinery and melting plant
• Worked as Executive Asst. to Chief Executive of the complex consisting of Mines and Process plants : exposure to mining operations at Khetri Copper Mines, Kolihan Copper Mines and Chandmari open pit.

Also during the period attended and obtained MBA degree from University of Leeds, UK as a British Council Fellow. His MBA project was in the area of mining on cost of reducing the cost of production of Copper. The job involved using tools like Monte Carlo Simulations coupled with computer modeling using Basic Programming for determining optimal copper grade of ore.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1987 to 1988 Agency: Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices, Govt of India Role: Advisor Description: Involved in Cost - Price study on Copper

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
Member of Indian Institute of Metals
Member of Board of Studies, Dept of Metallurgy & Material Scinece, MS University of Baroda.
Publications and Patents Summary
Have published m12 papers

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Got environmental clearence from various Government agencies for two projects, including one in which Hazardous wastes are to be treated.

Worked as Advisor to Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices, Government of India
Training / Seminars
Training workshop on developing Research Scholers for a Technology Centre set up by me.
Vendor Selection
Selected technology for 50,000 Mt per year secondary copper smelter producing LME Grade equivalent cathodes based upon Boliden Contech technology (now Outotec) and ISA permanent cathode process (now X strata)
Marketing Experience

• Through conceptual understanding of nonferrous metal business specially Copper, Zinc and Lead. Exposure to Aluminium mining & smelting for a period of two years. Well conversant with evaluation and pricing of intermediates like concentrates, reverts, scrap & secondaries. as well as Mineral economics, value chain for non ferrous metal production and other techno economic aspects.
• Carried out due diligence on behalf of Sterlite Copper for Hindustan Zinc and Hindustan Copper.
• Set up a 50,000 Mt per year Secondary Copper recycling plant at Jhagadia at a cost of US $ 150 Million – from concept to construction. Expanded capacity of Sterlite’s Copper refinery from 100,000 Mt/year to 180,000 Mt/yr in two years time.
• Core technical competence in the areas of secondary copper smelting, copper electrorefining, melting & casting and CC Rod production.
• Very good networking with several non-ferrous metallurgical consultants, plants and personnel.
• Worked closely with Technology suppliers like BOR, Lurgi, Southwire, Mitsubishi Metal, MIM and Boliden Contech on various projects. Developed expertise in contract documentation for technology transfer & engineering consultancy contracts.
• Involved in successful transfer of several technologies to suit local conditions.
• Advisor to Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices, Govt. of India for cost- price study of copper in 1986-87.
• .Published several technical papers overseas. Was invited to co-chair a session at Sohn Symposium, USA, 2006 organised by AIME.
• Member of Board of Studies (Dept of Metallurgy and Material Science at MS University, Vadodara, India
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