Bhubaneswar: Addressing the 41st Foundation Day of Nalco here, the Minister said that the PSU will invest over Rs 7,000 crore for the 5th stream of its Damanjodi refinery, development of Potangi bauxite mines, and exploration and transportation of coal from South, Utkal D and Utkal E blocks.
He said that around Rs 23,000 crore will be invested in the expansion of Angul smelter plant with a 1,400-MW captive power plant.
“It will help the company to sustain and be competitive. Moreover, aluminium industry is one of the fastest growing sectors among all metals and holds the potential to attract huge investments in the near future,” he added.
“The company’s aggressive expansion plan will have a multiplier effect on the mining and mineral sector, helping achieve the vision of an Atmanirbhar Bharat,” said the Minister.
Joshi also said that the central government is extending all-round support to Odisha to avoid interruption in mineral production in the country.
He said that the state’s proposals to allot two iron ore mining blocks to Odisha Mineral Corporation and one block to Odisha Mineral Exploration Corporation Ltd have been approved.
It will expedite iron ore production in Odisha, boosting economy and employment opportunities in the state, he added.
The Minister also said that the Centre will amend certain rules on Odisha government request.
Major policy reforms in the mining sector will be effected in February, he told the media here.