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Nalco-Mines Ministry pact aims higher production, finances

Bhubaneswar, July 18: Navratna CPSE National Aluminium Company Limited (Nalco) has signed an MoU with the Union Mines Ministry regarding financial and non-financial targets for the financial year 2016-17.

The MoU was signed between Union Mines Secretary Balvinder Kumar and Nalco CMD Dr Tapan Kumar Chand in New Delhi on Monday. The agreement was formulated as per the new DPE guidelines and finalised after discussions with both Inter-Ministerial Committee as well as Ministry of Mines.

As per the MoU, the target for revenue from operations, excluding excise duty, has been fixed at Rs 7,100 crore. The MoU has also set higher targets for production of both alumina and aluminium as compared to the previous fiscal.

Nalco has set an annual production target of 21.30 lakh tonnes of alumina and 3.85 lakh tonnes of aluminium. It may be mentioned that the company had produced 19.53 lakh tonnes of alumina and 3.72 lakh tonnes of aluminium in 2015-16.

Nalco has also set a Capex target of Rs.1021 crore, which includes projects like development of Utkal D & E Coal Blocks, Wind Power Projects of 50 MW each in Maharashtra and Rajasthan, addition of 5th stream in the existing Alumina Refinery at Damanjodi, Koraput, a 20 MW Solar Power Project in Madhya Pradesh and other modernization activities.

Union Mines Ministry Joint Secretary NB Dhal, Nalco Director (P&T) NR Mohanty, Nalco Director (Finance) KC Samal, and other senior officials of the Ministry and Nalco were present on the occasion.

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