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OMC Receives Clearance for Kodingamali Bauxite Mine Development

Odisha Mining Corporation, which is run by the state government, has received a forest clearance by the environment ministry for the development of a bauxite mine in the state of Odisha. The purpose of this mine is to help bring relief to the refinery in Lanjigarh. This is a refinery that doesn’t have too many ores and needs to have raw material imported, even though they’re located in a state that is filled with minerals.

OMC already has a mine that is positioned on the Kodingamali plateau of the state. It has an 81 million metric ton reserve which can generate around 3 million metric tons annually. Back in late September of 2017, OMC received a note from the environmental ministry that granted them permission for the diversion of forestry, 435 hectares in size to be exact, reported The Economic Times. This received a lot of opposition from local villagers and concerned environmentalists. Despite this, the mine is expected to get an environmental clearance.

The mine was originally granted an environmental clearance back in 2008. This was a point in time when an alumina refinery about 3 kilometers away was going to be established but plans for this refinery eventually got canceled. Now, OMC needs to have their environmental clearance amended because they are planning to construct a new road from the mine. This road will make it easier for trucks to transport material from the mine rather than having to use a conveyor pipeline for this purpose. Once the road is completed, it is expected to allow 800 trucks to transport as much as 3.7 million metric tons of material annually.

According to the managing director of OMC, the amendment to the environmental clearance is already recommended by the appraisal committee and it is currently in process. Many local villagers who are opposed to the clearance had previously given their approval when they thought a refinery was going to be built nearby. This change of plan has them less than thrilled.

BHEL nails a contract of Rs 7,300 crore to establish plant in Tamil Nadu.

Nation’s largest power equipment maker Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) announced that they have recently won an order of Rs. 7,300 crore for building up a 1,320 Megawatt (MW) Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) at Udangudi in Tamil Nadu.

This specific order is notably the fourth one that is secured by Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Ltd (TANGEDCO) in the last three years for supercritical sets, and most importantly each one of these four orders have been won by BHEL.

Furthermore, the enterprise pointed out that on the basis of International Competition Bidding (ICB) the past three orders viz 2×660 MW Ennore SEZ, 1×800 MW North Chennai Supercritical Thermal Power Project (TPP) Stage-III and 2×800 MW Upper Thermal Power Project (TPP) were also prominently established by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), further boosting the company’s name as the utmost probable winner in the industry of power generation equipment in India.

The Greenfield project will be carried out by Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) on the bases of Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC), located at Udangudi in Thoothukudi region of Tamil Nadu, reported The Economic Times.

The present contract comprises of design, engineering, manufacture, supply, erection, commissioning and civil works for the whole plant also including seawater intake and outfall systems, all this associated in BHEL’s scope of work.

BHEL’s diverse plants sited throughout the country including Trichy, Haridwar, Bhopal, Thirumayam and Bengaluru are the designated sectors where all the key equipment for the project will be assembled. At the same time the company’s ‘Power Sector – Southern Region’ will be responsible for handling all the civil work, erection and commissioning of the equipment.

The enactment of the new schemes of BHEL will end up being the finest outcome that will help stimulate growth and further development in Tamil Nadu and deliver clear access to electricity to all the individuals of the state. Moreover, the people of the state will find sufficient amount of government jobs in Tamil Nadu conveniently. Hence, this goes to prove that BHEL is veering to become a leading corporation as the best power generation equipment manufacturer in the domain.

In accordance with the policy note of Tamil Nadu energy sector 2017-18, the total cost of Udangudi project including IDC (Interest During Construction) is ₹10,615 crore. The project is predicted to be commissioned during 2020-21.