Epsilon Carbon is planning to make an investment to the tune of Rs 900 crore in setting up a carbon black facility at Bellary in Karnataka.
Phase-I of the new facility will have an initial capacity of 1.15 lakh tpa and is expected to be commissioned by Q3/FY21. It will be further raised to over three lakh tpa by FY24.
Presently, the company operates a 2.2 lakh tpa coal tar distillation facility that caters to 40 percent of the demand for pitch in the aluminum industry.
The integrated carbon black complex will be the first-of-its-kind manufacturing facility in India to use waste coke oven gas from steel plants as a fuel, making this an environment-friendly set-up with lower CO2 footprint.
The plant with its captive low-sulphur feedstock, will have the lowest sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxides (SOx/NOx) pollutant levels which are much below those of the current carbon black manufacturing facilities in India.
The unit will produce both hard and soft grades of carbon black and the carbon black oil/anthracene oil generated in the coal tar distillation process will be used as feed to the carbon black unit, providing a complete backward integration support.