Kalinganagar: With iron ore needed to run Tata Steel’s Kalinganagar steel plant yet to reach the site and few units of the plant are yet to receive pollution board clearance, the greenfield unit is expected to start production in next March.
The 3 Million tonne per annum (MTPA) plant is estimated to require five million tonne per year iron ore, company sources said.
Highly placed sources said, the company will source ore for the project from its Khandbandh captive mines in Joda circle of Keonjhar district. Though preliminary work has been completed, the despatches from the mines are yet to start.
“The company expects to receive the ore sometime next year,” a company official on condition of anonymity said.
Besides, some units of the plant like blast furnace, sinter plant and steel melting shop of the project, all critical to steel making, are yet to receive clearance from the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).
Officials said, only peripheral units like captive power plant, coke plant and hot strip mill had received environmental clearance.
It will take another three months for steel to be produced from the complex, they added.
Though work on the blast furnace, sinter plant and steel melting shop was almost complete, it would take time for the customary pre-operation heating process and stabilisation of the units,” the sources stated.