India’s first titanium project starts test production in Odisha
The first titanium project of India has started its test production Ganjam district of Odisha. The project has been established by Saraf Group.
This is first of its kind titanium plant and the only one in the country. During the test run, one of its four furnaces became functional.
- After inception, this plant is expected to produce 36,000 tons of titanium slag and 20,000 tons of pig iron per year.
- The raw material of the plant ilmenite would be procured from Odisha Sands Complex (OSCOM), a unit of Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) in Ganjam district of Odisha as well as a private company which has its unit in Srikakulam in Andhra Pradesh.
Earlier in August 2015, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had fully commissioned and started commercial production at the first indigenous Titanium Sponge Plant at Chavara in Kerala. This plant had commercially started producing Titanium Sponge exclusively for the space programme and strategic areas especially in aerospace and defence areas. With this commissioning India became the seventh country in the world producing Titanium sponge commercially.