Nalco draws-up Rs 50,000-crore expansion plans

PTI | February 25, 2010



State-run National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has taken up a Rs.50,000-crore expansion programme, a top company official said.

"We have taken up the third-phase expansion project to increase capacity. The expansion will be completed in 8-9 years involving a capital outlay of Rs.50,000-crore. In FY 11, the company will spend Rs.1,500-crore towards capex," Nalco's chairman and managing director A K Shrivastava told reporters on the sidelines of the Aluminium India 2010 conference in Mumbai on Thursday.

The company plans to increase aluminium capacity from the present 4.6-lakh MT to 5.75-lakh MT, alumina refinery from 21-lakh MT to 29-lakh MT and de-bottlenecking of alumina from 21-lakh MT to 22.7-lakh MT.

"We have no fund-raising plans for the next two-years as we have enough resources. But after that, we would require to raise funds," Shrivastava said, adding that the company has no plans for a follow-on public offer in the near future.

"The company plans to set up a Rs 16,000-crore greenfield project at Jhagdusa in Orissa and a Rs 5,600-crore alumina refinery at Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

The company has an expansion plan in India as well as overseas.

Nalco is also setting up a smelter in Indonesia, he said.

Commenting on the price outlook for aluminium, Shrivastava said prices were expected to remain stable in FY 11. Prices had gone down substantially last year.

"The sharp decline in aluminium prices last year had given us a jolt. Since we are the lowest metal producer in the world, we could survive and not cut down production," he said.

The company has now decided to venture into setting up of power plants in association with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPC).

"We have entered into an MoU with Nuclear Power Corporation to set up a 1,000 MW nuclear power project at a cost of Rs 9,000-crore. The cost of production per unit should be Rs.2.5-Rs 2.8," Shrivastava said.

NPC is a lead partner for uranium and intial funding will be met by both joint venture partners, Shrivastava said, adding that the Atomic Energy Commission will finalise the location of the said plant.

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