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Hansavivek TATA CHEMICALS has completed its programme of increasing its soda ash capacity to 1,000 tonnes per day and is now in the midst of implementing the 1,400 tonnes per day programme, which is expected to be finished in a couple of years. , Besides, the com- pany is engaged in stepping up annual capacities for caustic soda to 11,400 tonnes, chlorine to 9,700 tonnes and hydrochloric acid to 9,650 tonnes. Implementation of the industrial licence for manufacture of soda ash process equipment is also in progress. The Company is still awaiting an industrial licence to manufacture annually 3,600 tonnes of IP grade sodium bicarbonate, for which it had applied in mid-1972. It has also taken steps for a 25 per cent increase in production of bromine to 475 tonnes per annum by availing of the exemption from licensing requirements. The hydrogenation plant, set up last year, has gone into com mercial production to relieve the shortage of hydrogenated non-edible oils required by soap manufacturers. The company installed and commissioned plant and machinery worth Rs 4.96 crores last year under approved expansion programmes and schemes of rehabilitation and modernisation. It has also made a further payment of Rs 1.25 crores to Tata Energy Research Institute, engaged in the development and application of solar, wind and other perennial but non-polluting sources of energy. The Institute has already launched several result-oriented, time- bound research projects in various national research institutes.

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