BHP Billiton is said to be making efforts to set up an alumina plant at Kalrapat in the Kalahandi district in the Indian state of Orissa. In this project, the London-listed company will have a partner from Orissa, Sulakshini Mines and Minerals.
The Corus Group has also been looking at opportunities to set up aluminium manufacturing facilities in Orissa. Officials said Corus is examining the possibility of setting up a value added aluminium production facility in Orissa.
Rio Tinto has also been negotiating since 1995 with the state government to develop iron ore deposits in a joint venture.