BHUBANESWAR, JANUARY 07, 2021
“It is indeed commendable that NALCO, which started with a modest investment way back in 1981 continues its leadership position with excellent performance for more than four decades. Forty glorious years of sustainable growth reflects the fact that NALCO has matured in the business cycle and now exponential growth and expansion will take this CPSE to the next level of business excellence,” said Union Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Coal & Mines Pralhad Joshi, while addressing the 41st Foundation Day celebrations of the state-run aluminium company, here on Thursday.
The Union Minister appreciated the dedication, hard work of the management and employees for continuing their efforts for optimizing production and productivity, particularly during the last few months wherein there has been a slump in metal prices and onset of COVID 19 pandemic.
On this occasion, Union Minister Joshi also stressed on the fact that there exists a huge scope for increasing the per capita consumption of Aluminium in the country and it is the right time for the Indian Aluminium industries to ramp up their production and leverage this opportunity. “The annual consumption is stated to grow many fold with demand picking up under Government of India’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative in sectors like power, building & construction, packaging, automobile manufacturing and transportation,” he said.
On NALCO’s growth plans, he said that, for NALCO to remain a significant contributor in the alumina and aluminium sectors, it is essential that NALCO must go for its planned expansion, with an estimated investment of around Rs. 30,000 crore in the next 7-8 years. “This will help the company for its sustainability and competitiveness. Moreover, Aluminium industry being one of the fastest growing sector among all metals has the potential to attract huge investments in the near future,” he added.
“The Rs. 30,0000 crore expansion plan of NALCO, spread over the next 7–8 years will include the expansion of its Refinery by one million tonne capacity, adding 3.5 million tonne capacity Pottangi bauxite mines and operationalization of Utkal D & E Coal Blocks. Further to this, enhancement of Aluminium Smelting capacity by 0.5 million tonne and Captive Power Plant by another approximately 1200 MW through brownfield expansions at Angul district of Odisha has been envisaged in this growth plan”, he added.
Notably, NALCO is in the advanced stage of obtaining mine opening permission after execution of lease deed for 2 MTA of Utkal D coal block in the 1st quarter of 2021-22.
Further, Joshi added that all clearances have been given by MOEFCC to Utkal-D Coal Block. Similarly, the company is concurrently in the process of obtaining statutory clearances for 2 MTA of Utkal E coal block with a plan to open the mine in the financial year 2022-23. He appreciated the fact that in spite of all odds, NALCO has met 75% of its CAPEX target for the FY 2021-22 within 31st December, 2020.
Speaking on the occasion, NALCO Chairman-cum-Managing Director Sridhar Patra highlighted the company’s significant performance in the previous fiscal, wherein he shared about the export earnings of NALCO that accounted for about 59% of the sales turnover in the 1st half of this financial year. He also informed regarding caustic soda plant that has been set up in JV with Gujarat Alkalies & Chemicals Ltd, which is likely to be commissioned in early part of 2021-22 and it will secure a steady supply of caustic soda to NALCO.
Patra thanked the Minister Joshi and the Ministry of Mines for their wholehearted support in all endeavours of NALCO. He also thanked the state Government for the support extended by them for fast tracking the completion of various projects including the 5th stream Refinery at Damanjodi. He attributed the performance of NALCO to the team work and dedication of all employees and cooperation of various stakeholders.
The Union Mines Minister unfurled “The Employee of the Month Scheme”, a motivational scheme for improving employee performance. Also, the ‘Best Performing employees’ of NALCO were rewarded on the occasion.