1/6/10 – Plans for a brown fused alumina plant in Western India
1 June, 2010
Carborundum Universal Ltd (CUMI), part of the Murugappa Group Company is set to invest around £10m in a brown fused alumina plant in Western India. The plant, which will be built in the Kutch district of Gujarat state, the largest state in India, is likely to be built in conjunction with the state-owned mining major-Gujarat Mineral Development Corporation (GMDC.)
K. Srinivasan, managing director of CUMI, has stated that they intend the project to go ahead this year and be completed 18 months after the start of construction. The proposed plant will have a capacity of 35,000 tonnes and is likely to be built alongside a power plant. K. Srinivasan said, “It will be a coal-based project with a capacity of 20Mw.”
Although the partnership between CUMI and GMDC has not yet been finalised, the joint venture is looking increasingly likely with GMDC expected to get a 25% stake in the project.
The state-owned GMDC has existing bauxite mines in Kutch and the Gujarat state has an estimated 170m tonnes of bauxite reserves in total. As alumina is produced directly from bauxite the state has the potential to generate 1m tonnes of alumina.
CUMI specialises in making brown fused alumina, semi-friable alumina, white fused alumina and ceramic alumina for use in such areas as refractory, bonded abrasives and coated abrasives.