Metallurgical Engineer trained abroad, with Global Experience in Consultancy - Management & Engineering, Projects Execution from Concept to Commissioning, EPC, Projects Management, Financial & Economic Appraisals, Process Plant Operations and General Management.




Date of Birth: 29th March 1953

DIN: 00018676, MCA, Govt. of India.

Indian Passport : F7230716

Email: prchandna@hotmail.com

Web Page : Zinc Metallurgy


Educational/ PROFESSIONAL Qualifications:



All India Higher Secondary Examination, 1969

KV IIT, Powai, Mumbai, India


B. E. (Metallurgical), 1974

MNIT, Jaipur, University of Rajasthan, India


Industrial Engineering & Business Management, 1977

NITIE, Mumbai, India


Organizational Effectiveness, 1982

SIET, Hyderabad, India


Value Engineering, 1983

BISOVE, New Delhi, India


Business Management, 1988

AIMA, New Delhi, India












Professional Membership:

         Membership No.: M 1316, Institute of Directors.

         Life Member, Indian Institute of Metals (IIM), Kolkatta, India.

         Member, Consultancy Development Centre (CDC), New Delhi, India An associate of FIDIC.

         Member Sectional Committee on Light Metals & Alloy (MTD-7), Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), India.

         DIN: 00018676



I am a First Class graduate in Metallurgical Engineering, with business management, having held various senior technical, managerial & general management positions and led EPC and multi-disciplinary projects execution & management, in the Engineering Consultancy, Contracting, EPC, Project management, and Metals & Mining industries. I have in depth appreciation of national and international business environment in these industries.


More than three decades of professional career in the base metals & mining and metallurgical engineering industry working on around forty multi disciplinary Green field & Brown field/ De-bottlenecking/ Expansion/ Start up & Commissioning/ Performance improvement projects from concept to commissioning and Operations & Maintenance of process plants in India and overseas. This experience includes:


         More than 22 years in consulting management & engineering, projects execution from concept to commissioning, due diligence, financial & economic appraisals, preparation of bankable feasibility reports, technology selection & absorption, market surveys, EPC, project management, procurement, contract management, construction, and commissioning of Zinc, Lead, Cadmium, Gold, Silver, Copper, Cobalt, Nickel, Tin, Titanium sponge, Copper Rod plants, Secondary Copper, Lead, Zinc plants, Cement, hydrated & quick lime plants, and Natural Gas Piped / CNG supply and distribution systems. I have been rewarded with number of appreciation letters for executing projects within budget and ahead of time schedule.

         More than 12 years in nonferrous smelters operations & maintenance, PPC, technology audits, benchmarking, budgeting & cost control, including six years as Assistant Plant Manager working in Zinc & Lead Smelters and associated Pyro & Hydro Metallurgical process plants, Sulphuric acid, Mercury Removal and fertilizer & phosphoric acid plants operations. I have been rewarded with appreciation letters for trouble shooting during breakdowns and reviving back the plant into operation within the shortest period and highest productivities/ productions achievement during operations. I was also associated with the execution and commissioning of a pioneer Environmental Mercury removal project right from the discovery of mercury in the smelter sulphur off-gases utilized for manufacture of Sulphuric acid at the Zinc Smelter Hydro metallurgical plant.


I have visited numbers of Pyro & Hydro metallurgical process based smelter plants for Lead, Zinc, Cadmium, Copper & Cobalt Solvent extraction & Electro win (SX -EW) plant, Sulphuric acid, Mercury Removal & Recovery, Silver & Gold Refineries, Integrated Secondary Copper Refineries & Copper rod plants (CCR), abroad in Norway, France, Central Africa - DR Congo, and USA.


I have represented Governing Councils of Consultancy Development Centre (CDC), and Consulting Engineers Association of India (CEAI) both an associate of FIDIC.


Trained internal auditors for Total Quality Management Systems (ISO 9000 - 2000).


I have also served as Honorary Treasurer/ Secretary/ Joint Secretary, etc., of Indian Institute of Metals (IIM) and organized number of International Seminars/ Conferences/ Exhibitions on Metallurgy, Metals & Minerals.


Detailed Experience:


YASHAD CONSULTANCY (P) LTD., INDIA: Independent Consultancy. Presently working as Director & Senior Principal Consultant, since July 2008.


CHEMAF SPRL, DR CONGO: D R Congo based Copper & Cobalt metal producing company in Democratic Republic of Congo. I had joined Copper plant on 17/10/2007 as General Manager Projects Development. I handled projects worth around $300 million, in Copper & Cobalt - primary metal producing plants based on Solvent extraction & Electro win process (SX-EW), froth flotation plants, Heavy media separation, washing plants, Cement plants, Quick & hydrated lime plants. Executing scoping studies, bankable feasibility reports, for different mining concessions in Copper & Cobalt, Gold, Limestone, etc.


MECON LIMITED, INDIA: Indias frontline engineering, consultancy, EPC, and Project Management organization. Worked with MECON Limited, New Delhi & Bangalore offices since 16/11/1987 to 15/10/2007 as SBU for Non Ferrous Metals, & Iron & Steel and Management Advisory Services/ Techno Economic and Estimating Sections:


      Deputy General Manager: 01/04/2006 to 15/10/2007

      Assistant General Manager: 01/04/2000 to 31/03/2006

      Senior Manager: 01/04/1995 to 31/03/2000

      Assistant Engineering Manager: 01/07/1991 to 31/03/1995

      Senior Design Engineer: 16/11/1987 to 30/06/1991


Industries covered Zinc, Lead, Cadmium, Precious Metals Refineries Gold & Silver, Copper & Secondary Copper Refineries, Tin, Nickel, Titanium, Continuous Cast Copper Rod plants, Compressed NG/ Piped NG & Cross country gas pipelines and Iron & Steel and alloy steels.


Received numbers of appreciation letters & awards from client as well the management will be made available on request.


Hindustan Zinc Limited, India: (Now M/s Vedanta Resources Plc., UK):


I had an experience of more than 12 years in operations & maintenance, production, planning & control, bench marking, technology audit, and to optimize the process & production performances, manufacturing costs and improve energy & metal output recovery efficiencies, commissioning and general management of both the Zinc - Lead Smelters plants at Debari and Visakhapatnam (including Pyro & Hydro metallurgical based leach residue plants and associated metallurgical gas based Sulphuric acid plants and fertilizer plants SSP and phosphoric acid plants) of M/s Hindustan Zinc Limited (now M/s Vedanta Resources Plc).


Worked with M/s Hindustan Zinc Limited, Udaipur, from 01/08/1975 to 15/11/1987:


      Assistant Plant Manager (Met.): 1/07/1981 to 15/11/1987

Fluo Solid Roaster & Acid plant, Zinc Leach Residue plant (Waelz Process), Leaching & Purification and Mercury Removal plants at Lead and Zinc Smelter, Visakhapatnam (AP).

      Assistant Engineer: 1/02/1977 to 30/06/1981

FluoSolid Roaster & Acid, SSP, Phosphoric acid plants, Leaching & Cadmium and Zinc Leach Residue Treatment (Jarosite-Conversion) plant at Zinc Smelters, Debari and Visakhapatnam units.

      Probationer Engineer from 1st August 1975, for a period of two years:

A reduction of six months in training period was awarded to me on the ground of merit and I was absorbed as Assistant Engineer in advance on 1/02/1977.

During this period I had the opportunity to go around all the units namely, Zinc & Lead Smelting and Mining, Ore dressing, Fertilizer plants SSP and Phosphoric acid plants, Rock phosphate mines, Project and planning department, Finance, Maintenance, Marketing departments and In-plant training in Zinc Smelter.


Process Engineering CORP., INDIA: 01/09/1974 to 31/07/1975


      Sales / Design Engineer:

The nature of duties included pre-selling, designing, preparation of tenders, negotiating technical and commercial terms, system detailing and executing projects, process engineering, market survey, project pre feasibility studies, evaluation and report preparation.




Countries visited: Norway, FRANCE, USA, and Democratic Republic Congo


1. Norzink A/s, Odda, Norway: - Hydro-Metallurgical Zinc Smelter Plant:

v      Training in operation and maintenance of Mercury removal plant based on Boliden Norzink Process route for the SO2 off gases from Zinc Roaster plant.

v      Overview of Zinc Smelting hydro-metallurgical operations (RLE Roast Leach Electrowin Process Route) at Norzink plant for extraction of Zinc, Cadmium and Jarosite leach residue treatment processes and Sulphuric acid plant.

2. Noyelle Godault, France: - Pyro-Metallurgical Zinc, Lead & Silver Plants:

v      To study and recommend the process of Pyro refining of Lead and Silver bullion.

v      An overview of process and operations of sintering and Imperial Smelting Furnace (ISF) for the simultaneous extraction of both Lead and Zinc.

3. Copper Rod Plants & Secondary Copper Smelting & Refinery Plants, USA:

v      To study operations of Continuous Cast Copper Rod (CCR ) plants at:

        Southwire Company, Carrollton, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

       Amrod Corp., Newark, New Jersey, USA.

v      Morgan Construction Company, Worcester, USA- No Twist Rolling mills manufacturing plant.

v      Secondary Copper recovery and Continuous Cast Copper rod plants of Southwire Company at Gaston, Columbia, USA A due diligence study for purchase recommendation to the client in USA.

4. Copper Cobalt Mining, Mineral, and SX-EW Refinery Plants, DR CONGO:




Presented number of technical papers during international conferences and seminars.