Bhubaneswar: Nalco CMD Dr.Tapan Kumar Chand Monday said India’s aluminium consumption is expected to go up from the existing level of 3.2 million tonnes per annum(mtpa) to 8 mtpa in next 2 to 3 years.

Dr Tapan said, “Per capita aluminium consumption in India is only 2.2kg against world average of 7 kg and 20 kg in China. There is huge potential for increasing the consumption of aluminium from existing level of 3.2 million tons per annum to 8 million tons per annum in next 2 to 3 years. Smart cities, bullet trains, power to every household, energy efficient automobile, aluminium wagons and many more are the areas for expansion of consumption of aluminium in India.’’

The Nalco CMD, while delivering the inaugural address of the national seminar on the theme ‘Aluminium in Power Transmission & Distribution’, organised here by the Aluminium Association of India (AAI), said electric sector is having only 16 % CRG, which provides tremendous opportunity for use of aluminium cables and in transmission and distribution network. This will result in quantum jump in use of aluminium and provide power to all, he added.

JNARDDC director Dr. Anupam Agnihotri, Director, GM (TL-Engg) PGCIL Anish Anand, CGM (Elect) OPTCL NC Swain, former ED(BD &RD)Nalco, Dr. BK Satpathy, IIT Bhubaneswar professor Dr. Saroj Kumar Nayak, COO, Minex Metallurgical Co.Ltd. AK Saha, also deliberated in the seminar. AAI general secretary AK Murthy  and treasurer threw light on the growth of aluminium in India.

AAI, an apex body of primary and secondary producers of aluminium in the country and a affiliated body of the  Aluminium International, is  holding an international conference in India in mid February 2018, where large number of delegates from all over the world will attend the meet to deliberate on the Aluminium Mission Plan 2030.