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Nalco seeks approval for Pottangi bauxite mining lease in Koraput

The Pottangi mines with 75 million tonnes bauxite reserve would feed Nalco's new one-million-tonne refinery planned at Damanjodi

Jayajit Dash  |  Bhubaneswar 


(Nalco) has sought green flag for the lease spread over 697 hectares in district in Odisha.

The company's application would be vetted on January 19 by the expert appraisal committee of the Ministry of Environment, (MoEFCC).

The lease is set to have an annual capacity of 3.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The mines with 75 million tonnes reserve would feed Nalco's new refinery of one million tonne capacity planned at

has firmed up an investment of Rs 56 billion for adding a fifth stream to the refinery whose current capacity stands at 2.275 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The expansion plan has already been cleared by the High-Level Clearance Authority (HLCA), the highest body to approve investments in Odisha.

Until the time the lease is opened up, would source from the Panchpatmalli South mine. The navratna company has opened the new mine with an annual capacity of 3.1 million tonnes per annum. The aluminium major has invested Rs 6 billion on this mine.

According to Nalco’s chairman & managing director (CMD) TK Chand, the new mine would fully cater to the company’s expansion needs till the mines commence operations. has bagged the mines with 75 million tonnes reserves. The mine was awarded to to cater to its alumina refinery expansion at in district.

First Published: Tue, January 16 2018. 18:08 IST