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FFE Minerals ties up with Sesa Kembla for coke oven

Our Bureau

Chennai , Feb. 3

FFE Minerals India Pvt Ltd is offering industries a modern coke oven plant that not only produces high quality coke but also meets pollution control norms and generates power as a by-product.

FFE Minerals has tied up with Sesa Kembla Coke Company Ltd, which is offering the technology to set up non-recovery type coke plants.

These plants use the gases and heat emitted during coal burning to generate power. So apart from generating coke, they save on the cost of putting up a recovery facility to control emission and produce a saleable commodity, power, as a by product.

According to the company's President and whole-time Director, Mr Rudy M. Edge, with a non-recovery type coke plant, steel and pig iron manufacturers will have their own coke generation facility and a power generation plant. Other manufacturing industries can generate power and make coke either for captive use or for selling.

Major steel manufacturers have evinced interest in the coke plants based on Sesa technology. A short supply of coke that is pushing up prices has made steel makers and pig iron foundries queue up for non-recovery type coke plants. Jindal, Kirloskar Foundries and Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers are putting up these plants and others such as Essar and Ispat have evinced interest, he said.

In 2004, India will need about seven million tonnes of coke but has access to just about half that amount. The balance is usually met through imports, mainly from China. But imports are expected to drop as the growth in domestic demand in China has made its Government discourage exports. This has driven up prices to about $250 a tonne coke against $150 last May.

Using the Sesa technology, a manufacturer can put up a coke plant that will generate 600,000 tonne coke a year and 50 MW power, for Rs 450 crore. The technology offers scope for flexibility is the size of coke plants. The cost would be recovered from savings on high cost coke import and power generation within a few years.

FFE Minerals is a fully owned subsidiary of F.L. Smidth group, Denmark. Sesa Kembla Coke Co is a subsidiary of Mitsui of Japan.

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