By Prafulla Das
Bhubaneswar, Nov 27 (odisha.in) Essar Steel Thursday said it has commissioned an integrated pellet complex in Odisha built at an investment of Rs.6000 crore.
The complex comprises of iron ore beneficiation facility at Dabuna in the district of Keonjhar, a six million tonne per annum pellet plant at Paradeep in the district of Jagatsinghpur and 253 kms long slurry pipe line, executive vice chairman of Essar steel India Firdose Vandrevala told reporters here.
The slurry pipeline has 12 million tonne per annum carrying capacity and is connected the beneficiation facility and pellet plant, he said. Essar has invested around Rs.6000 crore in setting up the integrated complex, he added.
The company has earlier built an eight million tonne per annum pellet complex in Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
With the commissioning of the latest integrated complex, Essar Steel has become the largest pellet producer in the country with an annual pellet production capacity of 14 million tonne per annum.
The beneficiation facility is designed to use low grade iron ore fines. The slurry pipeline is the most cost effective and fastest mode of transportation that eases significant pressure on rain and road network with reduced carbon foot print and minimal environment impact, he said.
Vandrevala said a further six million tonne per annum pellet plant at Paradeep is scheduled to be commissioned shortly including the corresponding up scaling of the beneficiation plant taking the annual pellet production capacity of Odisha complex to 12 million tonne per annum.
Essar Steel India is one of India's leading integrated steel producers with an annual production capacity of 10 million tonnes.