National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO), the Navratna CPSE is a leading producer of alumina and aluminium in the country. NALCO has been granted the mining lease of Utkal-D coal block by the Government of Odisha recently. This was made possible through a notification issued on April 16, by the Department of Steel & Mines, Govt. of Odisha. As per the notification, the mining lease of Utkal-D coal block is over an area of 301.28 hectares in villages Kosala, Nandichood, Similisahi & Raijharan under Chendipada Tahasil of Angul District.

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Mr. Sridhar Patra, CMD, NALCO, thanked the State & Central Governments for sanction of mining lease of Utkal-D. “For a power intensive industry like aluminium, it is very essential to have a secure supply of coal. I hope with the mining lease in place, it will usher in a new era of development for the company”, he said.

Upon execution of the mining lease deed, NALCO is considering to open Utkal-D coal block in the financial year 2020-21. The initial capacity of Utkal-D coal block is 2 million tonnes per year with a total mineable reserve of 101.68 million tonnes. Utkal-D coal block was allocated to NALCO in May 2016. NALCO is also in the process of obtaining mining lease grant of Utkal- E coal block which has been allocated to NALCO along with Utkal-D coal block in May 2016. Upon Operation of both Utkal-D & E, NALCO will be able to produce 4 million tonnes of coal per year. The lease for Utkal-D has been granted for a period of 30 years.