The Hirakud smelter and power complex is in Odisha, about 320km by road from the capital city of Bhubaneswar. The Hirakud smelter, set up by Indal in 1959, was the country’s second aluminium smelter operating on grid power sourced from the hydro power station of the Hirakud Dam. After facing severe power scarcity, Hirakud’s captive coal-based power plant came up in 1993. It was the first in India to adopt clean coal combustion technology that uses a circulating fluidised bed, which is considered environmentally friendly. The metal from this facility is processed to produce FRP.
The Hirakud FRP project is the first of its kind in India. This project, which involved relocation of some equipments from a closed facility of Novelis, will be the first and the only facility that will have the capability to produce can body stock in India. This facility will take Hindalco’s FRP play on a higher plateau in terms of capability and profitability in the coming years. It is expected to create a formidable combination of Novelis’ technology and Indian cost advantages sourcing metal from Hirakud smelter. The capacity of this facility is 135KTPA and it has started production.
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