Bhubaneswar, Jan 4: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday wrote to his Cabinet colleague and Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi urging him for commencement of the NALCO’s brownfield expansion project for increasing the capacity of NALCO’s Smelter Plant at Angul from 0.46 million tonne per annum (MTPA) to 1 MTPA in view of availability of 1.5 MTPA alumina at Angul.
In the letter, Pradhan mentioned that the National Aluminium Company (NALCO) is undertaking a brownfield expansion project for their Aluminium Smelter Plant at Angul district in Odisha for increasing its capacity from 0.46 MTPA to 1 MTPA, which includes construction of a 1400 MW feeder captive power plant (CPP). The cost of this project is estimated to be around Rs 22,000 crore and it is presently at land acquisition stage.
He also noted that NALCO’s Bauxite production capacity will increase from 7.3 MTPA to 10.5 MTPA after operationalization of Pattangi mines. Out of this, up to 3.1 MTPA consists of alumina which has potential to be produced into 1.5 MTPA of aluminium. Aluminium smelting is a highly power intensive process and the feasibility of this brownfield expansion project is heavily dependent on a steady supply of affordable coals to the 1400 MW feeder CPP for uninterrupted bulk generation of power.
“In this context, I would like to put forward a proposal for commencement of the said brownfield expansion project for increasing the capacity of NALCO’s Aluminium Smelter Plant Anugul from 0.46 MTPA to 1 MTPA, in view of the abundant availability of Alumina i.e1.5 MTPA. Furthermore, I also propose commissioning the feeder CPP for said brownfield expansion project in Anugul district, which will benefit from logistical efficiencies due to its strategic location in proximity to the smelter unit and coal blocks,” mentioned Pradhan.