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NTPC to foray into cement making

business Updated: Nov 03, 2008 21:33 IST
Samiran Saha

Power sector giant NTPC is contemplating to enter into manufacturing of fly ash based cement and ash based products from ash generated at its power stations.

With its present installed capacity of 28644 mega watt of (thermal power plants) NTPC is likely to produce 52 million tons of ash annually and the annual generation of fly-ash is likely to be in the region of about 42 million tons, an official pointed out.

“There is room for more cement manufacturers and with available raw material we feel foraying into the cement sector will help us add profit through a new venture,” the official said.

A market survey conducted by NTPC has revealed, venturing into fly ash based cement business under joint venture with a strategic partner(s) with established experience in cement manufacturing will be a “profitable business” option if NTPC is able to supply assured quantities of fly ash, power and land to such joint ventures.

The over all percentage of ash utilisation is 55 per cent as per ash utilisation status for 2007-08.

However, only about 20 per cent of fly ash is being allocated to the industries as a resource product for cement manufacturing and the balance is being disposed off for land filling, road construction and other allied purposes.

“There is need for increasing utilisation of ash on sustainable basis which can be achieved by establishing new ash based cement grinding unit(s) in the vicinity of NTPC’s thermal power plants,” the official said.