Tata Steel’s First Greenfield Ferro-Chrome Plant in India at Gopalpur (Berhampur) Starts Production

Tata Steel’s First Greenfield Ferro-Chrome Plant in India at Gopalpur (Berhampur, Odisha) Starts Production

The recently commissioned ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park (Berhampur) in Ganjam district of Odisha, has achieved a major milestone with the first ever production of ferro-chrome on February 25, 2017, with compliance to all technical parameters.

TataChromite briquettes used for making ferro-chrome have been produced by the Briquetting Plant at the ferro-chrome plant complex. The Briquetting Plant had earlier commenced production on January 23, 2017. For the plant, the steel major is sourcing chrome ore from its chromite mine at Sukinda in Jajpur district of Odisha.

Speaking on the occasion Mr D B Sundara Ramam, Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division of Tata Steel said, “This marks the completion of the commissioning of the ferro-chrome plant. It also goes a long way in consolidating our footprint in Odisha and the long standing partnership with the state towards industrial progress of the region.”

As part of the anchor investment in Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Industrial Park, the Rs 542 crore Ferro-chrome plant has an installed capacity of 55,000 tonne per annum (TPA). The plant was inaugurated on November 30, 2016 by the Chief Minister of Odisha, Shri Naveen Patnaik. It is a unique environment-friendly plant with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment and technology such as the ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant) and STP (Sewage Treatment Plant). It has 100% water harvesting facility that caters to most of the water needs of the plant. It has an indigenously built semi-closed hybrid furnace, which is first of its kind in India and components procured from all over the world to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Also, it is the first plant in India to use briquetting method of Chrome ore fines agglomeration.

Besides the plant at Gopalpur, Tata Steel has two other Ferro-chrome plants in Odisha- a 65,000 TPA plant at Bamnipal in Keonjhar district and the other at Athagarh in Cuttack district of 55,000 TPA capacity under the management of its subsidiary T S Alloys.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel Group stands among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 28 million tonnes per annum (MnTPA) and a turnover of US $17.69 billion in FY16. It is the world’s second-most geographically-diversified steel producer, with operations in 26 countries and commercial presence in over 50 countries. Established in 1907, the Group’s vision is to be the world steel industry benchmark in “Value Creation” and “Corporate Citizenship” through the excellence of its people, approach and overall conduct. Underpinning this vision is a performance culture committed to aspiration targets, safety and social responsibility, continuous improvement, openness and transparency. Having bagged the Deming Application Prize and Deming Grand Prize for continuous improvement in 2008 and 2012 respectively, Tata Steel has now been recognised as the global ‘Industry Leader’ in ‘Steel category’ by Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Besides being one of ‘worldsteel’s’ Climate Action members, it has also been awarded the CII ITC Sustainability Prize, the ‘Best-in-class Manufacturing’ by TIME Award, the Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant, among several others.

Statements in this press release describing the Company’s performance may be “forward looking statements” within the meaning of applicable securities laws and regulations. Actual results may differ materially from those directly or indirectly expressed, inferred or implied. Important factors that could make a difference to the Company’s operations include, among others, economic conditions affecting demand/ supply and price conditions in the domestic and overseas markets in which the Company operates, changes in or due to the environment, Government regulations, laws, statutes, judicial pronouncements and/ or other incidental factors.

-Microstat, 28 February, 2017 Gopalpur-On-Sea (Berhampur)

First titanium company of the country at Gopalpur, Odisha will start trial run from May 01

First titanium company of the country at Gopalpur, Odisha  will start trial run from May 01

Titanium producing project of Saraf Group of Industries coming up in Ganjam district of Odisha is expected to start its trial run from May this year.
 
Meanwhile, those who lost their land to the proposed project deferred their agitation on Tuesday afternoon following a meeting with the company authorities and administration. The Land Losers’ Welfare Association was planning to hold a dharna at the plant site near Chatrapur since Monday. The demands include increased stipend to youths who are being provided technical training by the company from Rs.5,500 to Rs.15,000 per month, said association president P. Dharma Rao.Titanium plant Gopalpur (Berhampur)
 
They also want the company to ensure appointment of all the 210 youths from land loser families being trained by the company and declaration of salary package it would provide after appointment.
 
On Tuesday afternoon, the association representatives held a meeting with the company authorities and administrative officials including the Ganjam ADM.
 
Speaking to The Hindu , project senior manager Bhagirathi Hota said no conclusive decision could be taken as the project director was not present. According to him, after confirming date of his arrival, next date for discussion would be decided.
 
According to the company authorities, this first titanium unit of the country is expected to start its trial run from May 1 this year. For this project 200 acres of private land and 34 acres of government land had been acquired. Since beginning, the project has faced hiccups including backing out of Russian companies that had initially become partners. But Saraf Group of Industries, the Indian promoter, decided to take up the project on its own.
 
Around Rs.2,200 crore is to be invested in this project in a phased manner. In the first phase, Rs.1,200 crore is being invested. The project had been proposed in 2005. In 2007, the then Russian Premier Viktor Zubkov had also shown interest in the project during the visit of Indian PM Manmohan Singh to Russia. Saraf Group had signed two MoUs with two Russian state-run companies for the proposed titanium project. Later the Russian companies had backed out. But Saraf Group had entered into an MoU with the Odisha government in 2008 to take up the project on its own.
-BERHAMPUR, February 17, 2016
Courtesy: The Hindu