The steel ministry today said it is not looking for a partner in the state-owned NMDC’s 3-mtpa steel plant at Nagarnar for which the government is lining up around Rs 15,525 crore.
Asked if the government is looking for a partner for the Nagarnar steel plant, Steel Minister Chaudhary Birendra Singh told reporters here: “No, not at all.”
He further said: “But I feel that if something is there, it should be made operational at the earliest possible. I told them (NMDC) that you have the resources and this is a PSU where they are comfortable… I think NMDC has invested over Rs 12,000 crore in the plant.”
The country’s largest iron ore miner, NMDC, is setting up a 3-mtpa integrated steel plant in Nagarnar in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.
In June this year, an environment ministry panel gave clearance to a captive iron ore mine in Bastar for the plant. The plant is expected to start trial production by mid-2017.
The Bailadila Deposit-4, which has mineable iron ore of around 108 mt, will entail an investment of around Rs 1,900 crore.
The Chhattisgarh government and NMDC have inked an MoU for a slurry pipeline from Bailadila to Nagarnar, along with ore processing plants at Bailadila and a 2-mtpa pellet plant at Nagarnar with an investment of Rs 4,000 crore.