Pradhan urges coal minister to expedite expansion

18 January 2021

Union Petroleum and Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan urged his colleague Prahlad Joshi, who holds the portfolio of coal, mines, and parliamentary affairs, to expedite the capacity expansion of Nalco's Aluminium smelter plant at Angul in Odisha. Pradhan, in his letter, requested Joshi to take the necessary steps for increasing the Nalco smelter plant's capacity to 1 MTPA from the existing 0.46 MTPA. 

The National Aluminium Company is undertaking a brownfield expansion project for their aluminium smelter plant at Angul, which includes the construction of a 1400 MW feeder Captive Power Plant (CPP).

The cost of this project, which is presently at the land acquisition stage, is estimated to be around Rs 22,000 crore, Pradhan said in the letter.

This apart, he said 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 coal to the 1400 MW feeder CPP for the uninterrupted generation of power.

"In this context, I would like to put forward a proposal for commencement of the brownfield expansion project for increasing the capacity of Nalco's aluminium smelter plant at Angul from 0.46 MTPA to 1 MTPA," he added.