JSW Steel to Expand Capacity at JSW Ispat
The move is expected to help accelerate the turnaround of JSW Ispat. An investment of about INR 6600 million in various projects including enhancement of lime production, railway siding, gas-based power plant and cold-rolling facility at Dolvi is also on the anvil, both by the parent company and by JISL. JISL said its lime production capacity was 600 t/d while the requirement was over 1200 t/d and this was expected to rise to around 1800 t/d once the steel-making capacity was hiked to 5 Mt/a. To meet the need for lime, it was planned to set up a lime calcining plant of 600 t/d capacity at Dolvi at an estimated cost of IND 750 million. A railway siding facility adjacent to Dolvi steel complex is planned to be commissioned in 15 months at an investment of IND 900 million. The company said that to ensure regular supply of power and save costs, a gas-based power plant of 55 MW capacity using waste gas being generated by the blast furnace as feed-mix has been proposed at a cost of about IND 1550 million. With a view to ensuring raw material integration and save input costs, JSW Steel plans to set up a coke oven plant of 1 Mt/a capacity and a pellet plant of 4 Mt/a capacity at the Dolvi steel complex. This would protect JISL from market risks in sourcing quality coke and pellets for its steel-making operations. The coke oven and pellet projects are likely to be commissioned in 24 months and 21 months, respectively. However, the investment outlay for both the projects was not specified (12/2011).