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India's Hindalco commissions 1.5 million mt/year Odisha alumina refinery

India's Hindalco Industries is in the process of commissioning its new and fourth 1.5 million mt/year alumina refinery in the state of Odisha, a company source said Thursday.

The refinery is expected to reach full operating capacity around mid-2014, and its output will be for Hindalco's captive use, he added. The unit is producing alumina hydrate, and should start to produce smelter grade alumina within the month, he said.

Hindalco is also in the process of commissioning two new smelters, each with a nameplate capacity of 360,000 mt/year, the source said. The Mahan smelter is located in central Madhya Pradesh and is expected to achieve full runs in the first quarter of 2014. The plant produced first metal last month. The Aditya smelter, located in eastern Odisha, only just started up and is slated to reach full runs in the third quarter of 2014, the source said. Hindalco has two other existing and fully operational smelters at Renukoot and Hirakud, which produced 542,000/mt of aluminum in the 2012-2013 fiscal year ended March 31.

The company's three existing alumina refineries are at Renukoot with a nameplate capacity of 700,000 mt/year; Belgaum in Karnataka in the south, which can produce 350,000 mt/year; and Muri in West Bengal also with a capacity of 350,000 mt/year.

After all of Hindalco's smelters and refineries are fully on stream, the company may be in a position to export surplus alumina from the Visakhapatnam port. Hindalco plans to sell non-metallurgical grade alumina produced at its older refineries, for ceramics applications, the source said.

Source: Platts