Posco Orissa plant could start steel output by ’18
The South Korean steel giant plans to start work on land preparation immediately after getting possession of 2,700 acres. The company expects production from its 8 million tonne (MT) first phase to start in the first half of 2018. The process of revalidating the environment clearance (EC) for the steel unit is almost complete. Sources said the certificate will come along with the land handover.
“We are positive to note the latest progress in handing over land to the company. Currently, the company is in possession of just 548 acres. We are ready with the plan to complete the 8 mt plant in five years once the entire 2,700 acres are handed over to us,” said a Posco India spokesperson.
Posco, which signed an agreement with Orissa to set up a 12 MT steel special economic zone at Jagatsinghpur at $12 billion way back in 2005, scaled down the size of the project to 8 MT last year due to the state government’s inability to acquire the required 4,004 acres. It now wants to set up two 4 MT steel units