Recovery of Copper from Vanadiferrous Magnetite Deposits of Masanikere Areas

In the Masanikere area of Shimoga District, there are large deposits of vanadiferrous magnetite ores. The Visveswaraya Iron and Steel Company, Bhadravathi has been using these ores for the extraction of Vanadium, while no efforts are made to extract Copper on account of its low concentration in the ore. Over a few decades high grade copper ores are being fast depleted, resulting in the need for developing technology for the extraction of Copper from these Vanadiferrous Magnetite Ores.