The Industry Solutions Division of Siemens Ltd. India has received an order from Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. (VAL), to supply turnkey high-voltage power distribution equipment for an aluminum melting plant in Jharsuguda, Orissa. The project is part of the second phase of expansion at this facility, the aim being to increase the annual melting capacity from 0.5 to 1.75 million metric tons and triple the production of ingots. The order volume amounts to 1.12 billion Indian rupees, which is around 17 million euros. Siemens had already supplied the high-voltage power system for the first expansion stage of the melting plant.
The Indian aluminum sector has the highest rates of growth among all the country's metal-producing industries. VAL is investing a total of 120 billion Indian rupees in expansion of the Jharsuguda facility. After completion of the current, second phase of expansion, Jharsuguda will not only be the largest aluminum factory in Asia, but also one of the five biggest integrated production facilities in the world.
The scope of supply and services from Siemens encompasses design, engineering, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the 33 kV and 11 kV power distribution systems. This includes power and distribution transformers, high-voltage vacuum circuit breaker panels, SCADA systems, DC distribution, cabling and auxiliaries. The time frame for completion of the project is 18 months..
"The expansion of the Jharsuguda factory is an important part of our growth strategy and it is our endeavor to make it one of the best aluminum plants in the world", said Mr. M. Siddiqi, Whole Time Director and CEO, Vedanta Aluminium Ltd. "We have chosen to extend our partnership with Siemens for our second phase of expansion, as they have demonstrated exceptional capabilities with their global technological expertise in the power sector. We are confident that Siemens will continue to bring tremendous value and we will be successful in our endeavor."
Mr. Robert Wagner, Executive Vice President, Industry Solutions, Siemens Ltd said, "We are happy to receive a repeat order from Vedanta Aluminium, which reiterates the customer's confidence in our high-end technology and solutions. We remain totally focused on making our customers more efficient and competitive through our comprehensive technology offerings, worldwide experience and unparalleled domain expertise. "