Kasia is an open pit mine located 426 kilometres north-west of Paradip port, in the Keonjhar district in the Indian state of Odisha. It is wholly owned by Essel Mining, a subsidiary of the Aditya Birla Group. Kasia first commenced production in 1955. Production bans in the state have been lifted but Kasia is facing forest clearance certificate issues which has delayed production. Production is expected to commence in 2019 and reach full capacity of 7.5 Mtpa by 2021. There are however risks to this forecast given the history of delays in permitting and Essel Minings decision to delay production until the Court in Odisha confirms the validity of mining licences in the state.