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.
Today, the original 10,000tpa smelter has moved to 161,400tpa capacity with ongoing plans for further capacity augmentation to 213,000tpa. The old HSS smelter technology has given way to the modern, environment friendly pre-bake smelter technology. It is the first smelter in India to have achieved this technological upgrade using the same infrastructure facilities. Similarly, the power plant has been enhanced with three additional units to bring generating capacity up to 368MW. This is being further enhanced to 467.5MW.
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.
Hirakud has an enviable array of international and national awards for energy conservation, safety and environment management.
As an active community player it focuses its CSR initiatives towards health care, education, women’s empowerment and sustainable livelihood programmes.
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