Tata Steel’s Ferro-Chrome Plant at Gopalpur Starts Production

Bhubaneswar:  The recently commissioned ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district of Odisha has achieved a major milestone with commencement of production.

The first ever production of ferro-chrome started on February 25, with compliance to all technical parameters, a company release said today.

Chromite 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, it said.

Speaking on the occasion 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 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.

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 per cent water harvesting facility that caters to the most water needs of the plant.

It has an indigenously built semi-closed hybrid furnace, which is the first of its kind in the country and components procured from across the world to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Also, it is the first plant to use briquetting method of Chrome ore fines agglomeration, it said.

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.