Utkal Alumina Seeks Green Nod to Double Refinery Capacity to 3 Mt/a
Utkal Alumina International Ltd/IN, a 100 % subsidiary of Aditya Birla Group owned Hindalco Industries, has sought environment clearance to double capacity of its alumina refinery in Odisha from 1,5 Mt/a now to 3 Mt/a. The expansion estimated to cost Rs 4000 to 5000 crore, would be effected in phases. Initially, the alumina refinery near Kashipur in Rayagada district would be de-bottlenecked to reach a capacity of 2 million t/a. Investment in the first phase is pegged at Rs 1000 crore. The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change would take up Utkal Alumina's application for expansion at its next meeting for industrial projects scheduled on 5 February. The Utkal refinery is fed by the company's captive Baphlimali bauxite mines with enough reserves to cater to the refinery's requirement for 25 years after its ramp-up.