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Hirakud Information

  • General 2015-05-10
    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, as a part of Hindalco, the original 10,000-tpa smelter has moved to 143,000 tpa capacity with ongoing plans for further capacity augmentation. The old HSS smelter technology has given way to the modern, environment friendly prebake 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 368 MW. Further access to captive coal blocks at Talabira, approximately 45 km from Hirakud, ensures optimal backward integration for cost-competitive power to feed the aluminium smelter. Hirakud has an enviable array of international and national awards for energy conservation, safety and environment management.

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