Bhubaneswar: The commencement of production from the Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Ferro-chrome plant has enhanced the investment potential of the Tata Steel’s Gopalpur Industrial Park .The ferro-chrome plant has been set up as an anchor investment Tata Steel Gopalpur Industrial Park. 

“The Ferro-chrome plant at Gopalpur in Odisha’s Ganjam district will go 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 of Tata Steel.

The Rs 542 crore Ferro-chrome plant has an installed capacity of 55,000 tonne per annum (TPA). The plant was inaugurated on November 30, 2016 by the chief minister of Odisha, Naveen Patnaik.  It has an indigenous built semi-closed hybrid furnace, which is first of its kind in India and components procured from all over the world to maintain high standards of quality and safety. Also, it is the first plant in India to use briquetting method of Chrome ore fines agglomeration.

Chromite briquettes used for making ferro-chrome have been produced by the Briquetting Plant at the ferro-chrome plant complex. The Briquetting Plant had earlier commenced production on January 23, 2017. For the plant, the steel major is sourcing chrome ore from its chromite mine at Sukinda in Jajpur district of Odisha.