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Naveen Jindal seeks raw material security for Odisha steel plants

"Our investment in Odisha needs raw material security to become viable," Jindal said

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

Naveen Jindal
Naveen Jindal, chairman, JSPL

Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) Chairman on Saturday sought steps to provide raw material security and to reserve iron ore mines for which have set up steel plants in Odisha.

In a meeting with top state government officials including Chief Secretary Asit Tripathy and Secretaries of Steel and Mines, Industry and Water Resources, Jindal emphasised the need to give preference in iron ore auction to which have already invested in Odisha.

"which have invested thousands of crores in steel plants and have created employment in thousands should be given preference in auction of iron ore. We have requested for giving iron ore mines first for captive consumption and then for merchant mining,"Jindal said after the meeting.

has invested Rs 47,000 crore in Odisha to set up the largest steel plant in the state.

The comapny has a very small mine, which is near depletion and does not have captive iron ore and coal mines for the plant, he said.

"Our investment in Odisha needs raw material security to become viable," Jindal said.

He said buys about one million tonne iron ore every month in Odisha and becomes the largest buyer of the raw material in the state.

Chairman also demanded reduction in iron ore price as global steel prices had fallen.

"Steel price has been reduced by about 30 per cent. But iron ore price has not been decreased accordingly. There is no reduction in price of coal by Coal India. The government needs to ensure that people who have invested in the state are taken care of," Jindal said.

For the first time in the world, JSPL has set up a coal gasification plant along with a 2 MTPA direct reduced iron (DRI) facility, based on the coal block allocated to it in Angul.

However, the Supreme Court had quashed allocation of 214 out of 218 coal blocks allotted to various companies since 1993.

Jindal was hopeful that the company would secure a coal block, if the Centre starts auction of blocks for steel companies and coal gasification projects.

First Published: Sat, September 07 2019. 22:35 IST