Pradhan urges Joshi to raise Nalco’s smelter plant capacity to 1 MTPA
Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday proposed the Union Minister for Coal Pralhad Joshi to increase the capacity of Nalco’s Aluminium Smelter Plant in Angul from 0.46 MTPA to 1 MTPA.
In a letter to Joshi, Pradhan said the Rs 22,000 crore brown field expansion project of Nalco, which included construction of a 1,400 MW feeder Captive Power Plant (CPP), is presently at land acquisition stage. Pradhan also proposed the commissioning of the CPP for the expansion project. He said Nalco’s bauxite production capacity will increase from 7.3 MTPA to 10.05 MTPA after operationalisation of Potang mines. Out of this, up to 3.1 MTPA consists of alumina which has potential to be produced into 1.5 MTPA of aluminium.
Pradhan said aluminium smelting is a highly power intensive process and the feasibility of this brown field expansion project is dependent on a steady supply of affordable coal to the 1,400 MW feeder CPP for uninterrupted bulk generation of power.