|Rajasthan-based Shree Cement, known for 'Bangur' and 'Shree Ultra' cement brands, has proposed to establish a three million tonne per annum (mtpa) cement grinding mill at Odapada in Dhenkanal district at an investment of Rs. 452.55 crore.|
The cement maker has opted for the site as it can use fly ash generated from power plants concentrated in Dhenkanal district. "The proposed location near Managalpur village in Odapada would be ideal for the cement grinding unit as the ash generated from industries in the locality such as Bhushan Steel, GMR Kamalanga, Lanco Badbandh Power and Navabharat Ventures can be effectively utilised by the proposed unit for producing cement," the project proposal of Shree Cement said.
Cement production usually comprises two phases. In the first phase, limestone is sintered with clay to produce small cement balls. These balls are then grinded along with gypsum or fly ash which acts as an additive in the powdered cement.
The proposed mill would require about 60 acres of land. Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) has asked the district administration to identify a suitable piece of land for the cement mill.