Vedanta to set up 4.5 million tonne steel plant in Jharkhand
Vedanta Ltd on Tuesday said it will set up a new steel plant in Jharkhand with a capacity of 4.5 million tonne (MT) per annum at an investment of USD 3-4 billion.
The plant will be part of the company’s newly-acquired Electrosteel Steels LtdNSE -4.91 % (ESL) at Bokaro, Vendanta Resources Chairman Anil Agarwal told reporters here.
“This would be a new steel plant under ESL and in the same location at Bokaro… so it’s a brownfield investment per se. The amount is likely to be to the tune of USD 3-4 billion for a capacity of 4.5 MT,” Agarwal said
Vedanta would initially invest about USD 300 million to augment capacity of ESL to 2.5 MT from the existing 1.5 MT.
Once the new facility is commissioned, the total capacity of ESL would be around 7 MT, he said without elaborating on the time frame.
The plant would create 1,20,000 jobs in the form of direct and indirect employment, Agarwal said.
“We have about 2,200 acres at ESL and are scouting for a little more. The Jharkhand government has been very cooperative in this regard,” he said.