SunCraft Energy completes feasibility study of wind power (7.5 MWp) and solar power (5 MWp) for National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO’s) alumina refinery located in the picturesque valley of Damanjodi, in the Koraput district of Odisha, India. This refinery is close to the Panchapatmali bauxite mines and is one of the largest alumina refinery and bauxite mining operations in Asia.
The project was subcontracted to SunCraft Energy by Consulting Engineering Services (CES), part of Jacobs Engineering Group now. The objective was to come up with the best optimum energy mix solution based on the expected commercial performance of the proposed project. The study included complete financial plan, model and levelized cost estimate based on expected generation. The final feasibility report was presented to an overwhelming audience that included Board members and plant head of NALCO Damanjodi.
Incorporated in 1981, as a public sector enterprise of the Government of India, National Aluminium Company Limited (NALCO) is Asia’s largest integrated aluminium complex, encompassing bauxite mining, alumina refining, aluminium smelting and casting, power generation, rail and port operations. Commissioned during 1985-87, NALCO has emerged to be a star performer in production, export of alumina and aluminium, and more significantly, in propelling a self-sustained growth.