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JSPL to expand Odisha steel plant to 20 mtpa by 2030

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Bhubaneswar: Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) chairman Naveen Jindal on Friday said the steel production capacity of its plant in Odisha’s Angul would be increased to 20 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) by 2030.

“Once we achieve the full capacity of 6 mtpa, which we will do next year, then from 2021 we will embark on a new journey where we want to take the capacity from 6 mtpa to 20 mtpa by 2030,” said the JSPL chairman.

Jindal said JSPL will infuse an additional investment of about Rs 50,000 crore for the expansion of the plant to meet the 20 mtpa production of finished steel.

Naveen met chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi and steel and mines secretary Raj Kumar Sharma at the State Secretariat here on Friday.

He said the company won’t go for any loan for the expansion, rather it would rope in strategic partners and raise equity.

He also said the company is working on logistics and raw material challenges.

“Logistic and raw materials are challenges for us. We are working through all the challenges. We are hopeful that these challenges will be resolved in the coming months,” he added.

The JSPL chairman said India has ample availability of non-cooking coal. So, Coal India and its subsidiaries should enhance their production capacity to ensure availability of coal to the industries.

“We are buying the most expensive coal which erodes our competitiveness. Similarly, the iron price has more than doubled in India. There is no reason why the iron ore prices should be so high. We feel that the government should take steps so that the closed mines are reopened,” said Jindal.

(IANS)