The Union Minister of coal, power, renewable and new energy and mines, Piyush Goyal said that the aluminium major, Nalco has decided to carry out the setting up of green energy power plant with a generation capacity of about 150 Megawatts in the state of Odisha.
Nalco has decided to allocate the land early from the state government and this allocation will also help to carry out the discussion of further details of the project and finalize the course of action.
Piyush Goyal also said that the plans of Nalco will not only enhance the development in the state of Odisha, but also help India set new milestones in the aluminium industry. The sources have also revealed that the plants that will be set up will be driven by green energy and thus will be powered by harnessing of solar as well as wind energy.
The Power minister, Piyush Goyal said that this project could also house a wind energy plant with a capacity of 198 Megawatts that will provide its contribution to the wind energy sector along with the other wind power plant facilities at Gandikota in the state of Andhra Pradesh with a capacity of 50.4 Megawatts, Ludarwa in the state of Rajasthan with a capacity of 47.6 Megawatts, Devikot in the state of Rajasthan with a capacity of 50 Megawatts as well as Jath in the state of Maharashtra with a capacity of 50.4 Megawatts.
Nalco is aiming to bring about expansion and is devising plans to enhance the 0.46 million ton aluminium capacity of smelter located at Angul to nearly 0.6 million tons. The company is going to add one million ton to the alumina refinery of 2.275 million ton at Damanjodi. The environment clearance for this project has already been obtained.
TK Chand, the Chairman and Managing Director of Nalco said that he is thankful to the central government for letting the company allocate the 2 blocks of coal along with the linkage coal bridge. This allocation has helped the company to solve the problems pertaining to the securitization of the raw materials as well as the power availabilities for the expansion of the capacities.
In addition to this, the company had signed a MoU with IITBS (Indian Institute of Technology), Bhubaneswar to carry out research as well as development under the Industry-Institution Interaction program. A second MoU was signed with the central PSU that operates under the Defence Ministry (MIDHANI) to reduce the import duty on the high-end aluminium products.