Bhubaneswar, 28th February 2017 (OdishaLIVE Bureau): The ferro-chrome plant of Tata Steel at Gopalpur Industrial Park in Ganjam district of Odisha has started producing ferro-chrome on February 25, 2017. The steelmaker has invested Rs 542 crore in the plant, which has an installed capacity of 55,000 tonne per annum.

The plant was inaugurated by Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on November 30, 2016. It is the first plant in India to use briquetting method of chrome ore fines agglomeration.

This steel plant has a 100 percent water harvesting facility which fulfills its water requirements and also has an indigenously built semi-closed hybrid furnace. It is a unique environment-friendly plant with state-of-the-art pollution control equipment and technology like STP (Sewage Treatment Plant) and ETP (Effluent Treatment Plant).

“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” said D B Sundara Ramam, Executive-in-Charge, Ferro Alloys & Minerals Division, Tata Steel.

Along with the new unit at Gopalpur, Tata Steel has two other ferrochrome plants in Odisha. One plant is at Bamnipal in Keonjhar district with a capacity of 65,000 tonne per annum (TPA ) and the other is at Athagarh in Cuttack district of 55,000 TPA capacity under the management of its subsidiary TS Alloys.

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