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Mittal considering giving land and equity as part of its R & R

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Following is an excerpt from a report in Business Standard.

Mittal Steel India, which is in the process of readying its rehabilitation and resettlement (R&R) package for its 12 million tonne Orissa project, will consider issue of shares and land-for-land as part of its compensation to land-losers.

Sanak Mishra, chief executive officer, Mittal Steel India said, “The Orissa government’s R&R policy includes issue of shares as a means of compensation and if the people want it, we will do it. But that will happen at the implementation stage and we have to see the legal standpoint and the mechanism.”

Mittal Steel hopes to finalise the draft R&R package and make presentations to the Orissa government by month end. “If the Orissa government wants to incorporate something, we will look into it.”

The state government’s policy mentions convertible preference share as a compensation option. It says that at the option of the displaced family and subject to the provisions of relevant laws in force, the project authority could issue convertible preference shares or secured bonds up to a maximum of 50 per cent out of one-time cash assistance.

“There were also other physical issues being considered like alternative land for the displaced people. We will, however, have to assess how much land is required,” said Mishra.

… After finalising the scheme in consultation with the state government, Mittal Steel plans to embark on a communication programme with the land-losers.

The project site is a mix of government and private land. The 12 million steel plant at
Keonjhar would require around 8,000 acres, which includes 1,000 acres for the captive power plant and 1,000 acres for the township.

Mittal Steel is also in dialogue with the Orissa for iron ore mines. Various options are being explored, including arrangement with the Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC), a state-owned mining corporation.

“Talks are at an exploratory stage and it was too premature to talk about it. An arrangement with OMC could enable Mittal Steel to go through captive iron ore mine allocation process, which was one of the stumbling blocks for the company’s Jharkhand project,” Mishra added. Mittal Steel requires around 600 million tonnes of iron ore over a 30-year period for its steel plant.

Naveen writes to PM on Coal royalty and compensation for delay

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Following is an excerpt from New Indian Express on this.

… Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has demanded that the royalty be fixed on ad valorem basis.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Chief Minister said that the manner in which the Centre is going to revise the royalty, the State will be a loser. The State has already sustained a huge loss because of two-year delay in the revision.

He urged the Prime Minister to compensate the revenue loss of the State and delete the provision of adjusting the cess collected by the State during payment of royalty. As per the Supreme Court ruling, the collection of cess by the State for the development of the people in the mining areas is justified, he argued.

Under the new ‘hybrid formula,’ the State will get Rs 10 more per tonne of coal which is nothing given the delay in the revision of royalty, he said.

As per the Mines and Mineral (Development and Regulation) Act, 1957, the Centre is bound to revise royalty on coal and other minerals every three years. The Act provides that the State should be compensated accordingly for the delay in revision of royalty.

The latest revision was made on August 1 after five years, the Chief Minister reminded and urged the Prime Minister to compensate the State for the last two years.

I wonder if Naveen is referring to the supreme court judgment regarding Vedanta where the supreme court asks Vedanta to give 5% of its profits for spending towards tribal development and environmental safe guards.

Orissa related coal block allocation

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Following is an excerpt from a report in

Mittal Steel India Ltd, power producers Sterlite Energy Ltd, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources; Tata Power Company Ltd, Reliance Energy Ltd and two other firms will together mine a coal block in Orissa.

Mittal Steel, a part of the group that includes the world’s largest steel maker Arcelor Mittal, and power producer GVK Power Ltd have been jointly awarded a coal block in Jharkhand.

Mittal will have rights over the reserves in the two blocks equivalent to generate 750 MW power each for its proposed steel plants in the two mineral-rich states.

A report in Hindu Business line on this allocation mentions the block allocated for the UMPP in Orissa. Following is an excerpt:

The Government has also decided to facilitate the development of ultra mega power projects of about 4,000 MW capacity each under tariff based competitive bidding route using super critical technology.

Four coal blocks, with geological reserves of 1,857 million tonnes, have been allocated to two ultra mega power projects being set up in Orissa and Jharkhand. These will have generation capacity of 8,000 MW.

POSCO prospects improve with Local meetings.

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Daily Pioneer reporter Kahnu Nanda reports that situation is turning in favour of POSCO in the Kujang Block. The Article is reproduced below:

“Days after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asserted that the mega greenfield steel plant by South Korean steel major Posco will be established at Kujang and that construction work would start from April 1, 2008, Posco has reiterated its commitment to the project.

An overwhelming section of people living in the proposed project site areas, including representatives of several political parties, social activists and local senior citizens, are moving fast to garner support for the project’s implementation.

Reports indicate that several meetings and campaigning has been held in project site at village level in the past week in a bid to woo the locals in the project’s favour.

Different project sympathisers have been organising these pro-Posco meetings and Ersama MLA and former Minister Damodar Rout has proposed to organise a mass public meeting in Balitutha Hat on October 27 just at a stone’s throw distance from the project opponents’ road block over Balitutha Bridge since September 24.

Sources said that a pro- Posco meeting was organised under the leadership of former PS member Jiban Lal Behera and the meeting was attended by most of habitants and discussed the Posco issues at length.

The senior villagers, attending the meeting too opined setting up of the project and unanimously resolve requesting the Posco authorities to reopen its closed Kujang office immediately.

Meanwhile, Ranjan Das a social activist and native of Polang, an affected village for the project, arranged a meeting in village on Tuesday in a move to garner support for Posco.

The Chief Minister’s endeavours to have a dialogue with project opposition groups had described a salutary effort while the villagers emphasised that the Posco authorities need to directly interact with the affected people for land acquisitions, Askhya Das, a villager revealed.

The political atmosphere in the project sites of Gadakujang, Dhinkia, Nuagaon, Chatua, Balitutha and Bamadeipur villages saw a startling incident on Tuesday when one Dhruba Charana Muduli, a social activist had called an all party meeting in Gadakujanga to discuss the Posco stalemate.

The meeting was attended by most of the members of different political parties of the locality excluding Leftists.

In the meeting a decision was taken to form an all party co ordination committee taking members from different political parties to hold dialogue with the State Government, the district administration and the Posco authorities to sort out the project obstacles, informed a member of a major political party.

Meanwhile, sources said that a similar type of meeting had been organised in Govindpur village under the leadership of Nirvay Samantray and project sympathiser Tamil Pradhan had conducted a meting in his Nuagaon village on Wednesday.

However, reports said that most of Posco supported leaders at the proposed project site villages have been organising meetings and campaigning to bring a pro attitude since the Chief Minister and Posco agreed for the project inception last week.

Ersama legislator Damodar Rout ,who was keeping distance from Posco related issues earlier has started organising mass contact campaigning with a message against anti -Posco sentiments in project site villages.

However, Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) who is spearheading the anti-Posco movement since one year vowed to oppose the project tooth to nail and refused to act on the Chief Minister’s desire of a dialogue.

According to them the project would wipe out 11 villages and affect around 20,000 habitants therefore no industry should not be set up at the cost of agricultural lands that threatens to take away the livelihood of people.

Abhaya Sahoo, PPSS chairman slammed the State Government for being insensible towards the affected locals, and also threatened of not giving one inch of land for the Posco project. He blamed the local leaders for organising pro Posco meetings in their areas under the influence and getting financial supports from Posco.”

JSW Energy is planning to set up a 1000MW power plant in Orissa

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Following is an excerpt from a Business Standard report on this.

JSW Energy Ltd (JSWEL), a Sajjan Jindal group company, is planning to set up three power plants in North and Eastern India. The company also plans to foray into non-renewable energy and transmission and distribution of power.

JSW Energy, which is executing over 3000 MW of power projects, is likely to set up either coal or lignite based power plants of above 1000 MW each in Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal. It is also in the process of conducting due diligence studies on wind and solar energy-based power projects. Investments in the new projects are expected to be over Rs 15,000 crore.

GAIL and RCF plan to set up a fertilizer plant in Talcher

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Following is an excerpt on this from a report in Business Standard.

GAIL India, the country’s largest transporter and marketer of gas, will diversify from its core business to invest in a fertiliser and chemical plant at Talcher in Orissa. The gas utility will form a joint venture with government-owned Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers (RCF) to set up the Rs 2,400 crore plant which will have a capacity to produce 2,940 tonne per year of urea, GAIL, CMD, UD Choubey said.

An agreement between GAIL and RCF will be signed soon, Choubey said.

“The equity structure is yet to be worked out. RCF will carry out a feasibility study on the integrated fertiliser and chemical plant,” Choubey said.

The plant will be fed with 7 million cubic metres a day (mcmd) of gas produced through the surface coal gasification process for which Coal India (CIL) will supply around 5,000 tonne of coal.

“We are in constant touch with CIL. They have in-principle agreed to supply the coal,” Choubey said.

Explaining the rationale behind diversifying into fertilisers, Choubey said that the trigger for the move was that the company wanted to increase its presence in the gas business in east India. “We have always been supplying gas to fertiliser plants. This is just a move forward,” Choubey explained.

Reliance plans to take coal from Orissa and make power in UP: Samaja

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What is Arcelor-Mittal up to?

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From Arcelor-Mittal’s actions I get the feeling that they are trying to bully the Orissa government. In comparison, Vedanta has been accommodative in its land requirements for the university. But may be the bullying strategy would work for them. However, they got to be careful; if local people get more mad, and the government gets fed up with their bullying then the whole thing may fall apart.

20070904a_001101013-mittal.jpg gives a map of the proposed location for the Arcelor-Mittal plant in Patna, Keonjhar

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In the following wikimapia map the location is either to the right or left of the spot labeled as "Patna."

Revisiting Coal Royalty: A Samaja article by Trilochan Kanungo

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What korean newspapers say about POSCO and Orissa/India

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Following are excerpts from a report in

… After a rough start, POSCO is expected to finally have a site allocated for a planned steel mill in India, while an investment in a new Vietnam steel mill is likely to move ahead in October.

According to POSCO on Wednesday, the Indian government recently made it known that they plan to determine whether to give environmental clearance for the 4,004 acre site in Paradip in the province of Orissa.

Some 3,566 acres or 89.1 percent of the site of the planned one-stop steel system belongs to the government. Of that, 3,097 acres (86.9 percent) is forest land. For now, POSCO has only secured 193 acres (4.8 percent).

A POSCO official said, "The final decision has not yet been made, but we heard that the site might be released from the forest zone soon. The state-owned land accounts for nearly 90 percent of our site. In other words, if the area is released from the forest zone, the biggest obstacle to our effort to secure the site disappears."

New Coal reserves

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Following is from a PIB.

The Minister of State for Coal Dr. Dasari Narayana Rao informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that the exploration activity has established additional resources during Xth Plan period in several coalfields including Orissa and West Bengal. Giving details, he said during the period January, 2006 to March, 2007, 4080 million tonnes of new coal resources have been estimated in the country. As a result the inventory of Geological Resources of Coal in India, prepared by Geological Survey of India (GSI) has increased by 4080 mt as indicated below:

Data of Estimation

Total estimated geological resources of coal in India (in million Tonnes)

As on 1.4.07


As on 1.1.2006


Addition of coal resources from 1.1.06 to 1.4.07



Dr. Rao further informed that out of the total addition of coal resources mentioned above 520 million tonnes have been estimated in the state of West Bengal and 1234 million tonnes in the state of Orissa.

The state-wise and coalfield-wise details of estimation of additional coal resources in blocks where exploration has been concluded during the period from January, 2006 to March, 2007 are given as under:-




New coal resources

Estimated (in million Tonnes)

West Bengal







West Bokora



North Karnpura


Madhya Pradesh







Wardha Valley






Nand Bander





Andhra Pradesh

Godavari  Valley



Rangit Valley




The Minister added that based on the potential of the blocks revealed from regional exploration data the detailed exploration is under process in different blocks/areas.

KK Birla group interested in a thermal power plant

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Following are excerpts from a Telegraph report.

Chambal Infrastructure Ventures Limited — of the KK Birla group — today expressed interest in setting up a 2,000MW thermal power plant at an estimated cost of Rs 9,000 crore.

H.S. Bawa, the managing director of Zuari Industries and senior vice-president of Chambal Fertiliser and Chemicals Limited, made a presentation before chief minister Naveen Patnaik this evening regarding the matter. Bawa expressed the multinational’s interest in the project.

In fact, the firm has already applied for 2,000 acre near Siaria in Dhenkanal.

… It had also offered to set up a thermal power plant in a joint venture with PSUs.

The proposal’s appraisal would be made by the state-run Industrial Promotion and Investment Limited, which is a nodal agency for industrial projects.

In turn the agency examines projects before they are referred to a single window clearance committee, which is headed by the chief minister himself.

Meanwhile, the company has applied to the coal ministry for blocks. It has also applied to the water resources department to seek permission to use river water for plants.

If the proposal is cleared by the government, Chambal Infrastructure Venture Limited will be the 14th company to sign an MoU with Orissa government to set up a thermal power plant in Orissa.

Already 13 power companies have signed MoUs for setting up plants with a total capacity of 16,000MW and for am investment of Rs 70,000 crore.

Many have already acquired land and obtained environment clearance, as well as, permission for industrial water use.

Two to three firms have also been allotted coal blocks, Patro added.

Construction of power plants proposed to be set up by Vedanta Power Limited has already started in Jharsuguda.

Coal block for Pondicherry

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Following is an excerpt from a Hindu report.

The Central Government has given a coal block in Naini area of Orissa to the Union Territory of Puducherry to mine coal and produce electricity.

… the coal block approximately had 250 million tonnes of coal, which would last for 40 years.

Allocation of Orissa coal blocks

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Following are excerpts on this from a report in Pioneer.

The Centre has allocated coal blocks to three companies of the State. These three companies include Orissa Power Generation Corporation (OPGC), Orissa Hydo Power Corporation (OHPC) and Orissa Mining Corporation (OMC). …

In Baitarani West Coal block, Centre has given the rights of exploration to OHPC, State Electricity Board of Kerala and Power Corporation of Gujurat. All of them have been allotted coal blocks to the tune of 200 million tonne. OPGC has got two coal blocks. It has got the Manoharpur and Manoharpur deep side coal block. It has got 532 million tonne of coals.

In the Utkal D- Coal block site, OMC has got 120 million tonne. It has also got 350 million tonne of coal blocks in the Telisahi coal block of Nuagaon.

Andhra Pradesh has also got the 350 million tonne of coal from this site. Mandakini Coal block has been distributed among the four States. Meghalaya and Assam are the important beneficiaries.

NTPC plans to expand Kaniha plant with another 3000 MW generation

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Following is Samaja’s report on this plan and what Orissa is asking in return.

BILT plans a power plant in Choudwar, Orissa

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Business standard reports on this. Following are some excerpts.

 The Thapar-owned Ballarpur Industries Ltd (Bilt) power outfit BILT Power proposes to set up a 1,200-Mw independent power plant (IPP) in Orissa at an investment of around Rs 6,000 crore.

… BILT Power is expected to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the state government soon.

Funds for the project would be sourced through loans from banks and financial institutions (FIs), of which 70 per cent would be debt and 30 per cent would come in as promoters’ equity.

BILT Power Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Anil Bhargava told Business Standard, “The detailed project report and feasibility study reports have already been submitted to the government. We are just awaiting the government nod to go ahead with the project.”

Bilt Power has already cleared the screening committee process for setting up the plant. Requirements for setting up the IPP has been forwarded to the state government.

The IPP is proposed to be set up in Choudwar on 950 acres. The Thapars already have paper production facilities in the state. They also have a captive power plant (CPP) at Sewa in Koraput district of the state.

Currently, BILT Power aggregates 100 Mw of CPP capacity at Sewa, Yamunanagar in Haryana and two plants each at Pune and Ballarshah in Maharashtra.

These plants have capacities between 25 Mw and 30 Mw each. Bilt Power has applied for allotment of coal blocks at Mandakini in the Talcher Coalfields of Orissa.

S Jagdev, head, corporate affairs, (eastern region), Bilt, said, “About 6 million tonne (MT) of coal would be required annually to feed the power plant.”

Some more industries for Orissa

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Economic times reports that Some Punjab based industries plan to invest in Orissa.
The reports state that Arti Steel has already invested 450 crore out of a total investment of 900 crores. The first step in Auto parts investment is being planned with GNA Axle.

Even Hero Honda , bicycle manufacturer plans to invest in Orissa. Hopefully, this will be the start of a trend. Excerpts:

Orissa’s rich natural resources are now luring the industries in Punjab, with the an auto parts maker and steel manufacturer committing separate investments to the tune of Rs 960 crore to the state.

While Ludhiana-based Aarti Steels had committed an investment of Rs 900 crore for setting up a half-a-million capacity steel unit in the state, Goraya-based auto parts manufacturer GNA Axle Group will invest Rs 60 crore for manufacturing axle shafts, gears for heavy vehicles.

Leading bicyle maker Hero Cycles is also quite keen on exploring the possibility of making an investment in Orissa.

“We have proposed to invest Rs 60 crore within the next four years in order to set up an auto component manufacturing unit which will cater to export as well as domestic markets,” GNA Axle Group Director Randeep Singh said.

The Orissa government has promised to make available 100 acres of freehold land to the company at a token amount of Rs 2 lakh per acre. In addition to it, the government has also offered power at a rate of Rs 2.90 per unit without excise duty.

“We set up our unit in March 2003 in Orissa after carrying out a survey. The state can offer many benefits in the shape of availability of raw material for steel producing unit like us. So far, we have invested Rs 450 crore in this project while balance will be invested soon,” said Aarti Steels Director Rajeev Mittal.

The unit is is expected to be completed next year, he added.

“In Orissa, besides getting cheap power, we will also be in a position to get raw material at a much cheaper rate as we will be nearer to the source of raw material,” reasoned Singh while adding that with this new unit, our freight cost would also get reduced significantly for supplying our finished products to domestic as export markets.

Leading bicycle company Hero Cycles is also quite keen on exploring the possibility of making an investment in Orissa. “We will certainly explore the possibility of investing in that state which is full of natural resources,” Hero Cycles, Director Vijay Munjal said.

Recently, a high powered delegation including Commissioner-cum-secretary, Department of Industries, Orissa, was in Punjab for inviting industrialists to tap the investment opportunities here.

Ram Vilas Paswan assures POSCO and Arcelor-Mittal

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In the last two days couple of press releases have come out from the Minister of Steel, Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mr. Ram Vilas Paswan. The first one assures POSCO of all help and the second one assures Laxmi Mittal about his support for ore linkages for his proposed steel plants in Jharkhand and Orissa.

Pointers to coal block allocation in Orissa

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Following are some pointers:

List of Power MOUs as listed in May 1-15 issue of Pratisruti Plus

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Following are some tables from the May 1-15th issue of Pratisruti Plus. (The Sept 2006 Hindu report also lists various power related MOUs.)


Mine reserves; mining leases; revenue from mines: from Pratisruti Plus May 1-15 issue

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Following are some tables from Pratisruti Plus May 1-15th issue.


Nalco plans to convert fly-ash to salable products; proposed cement venture

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The Economic Times reports on NALCO’s plan about a cement venture and its plans to convert fly-ash to salable product. Following are excerpts from that report.

… (Nalco) has decided to diversify into cement manufacturing and is looking for global joint venture partners to float a medium to large sized cement plant. Nalco’s proposed cement venture is part of its decision to use fly ash generated at its captive power plant at Angul in Orissa and convert it into sale-able products. …

Nalco is primarily looking at the possibility of manufacturing Pozzo-lana Portland Cement (PPC). A byproduct of coal-fired power plants, fly ash can replace a proportion of the clinker used in cement plants. However, the company is also open to any other form of utilisation of fly ash in the JV.

The company is also seeking JV partners for classification and marketing of cementitious applications in the domestic and export markets. Cementitious products have cement-like, cementing, or bonding type properties. As the largest state owned producer of aluminium, Bhubaneswar-based Nalco operates alumina-aluminium complex along with a captive power plant, and has embarked on a major expansion programme to raise metal capacity.

The project also involves enhancing installed captive power generation capacity from 960 mw to 1,200 mw at Angul. Fly ash is commonly used as a high-performance substitute for Portland cement or as clinker for Portland cement production. Cement blended with fly ash is becoming very common. Building material applications range from grouts and masonry products to cellular concrete and roofing tiles.

Nalco has eight power units of 120 mw each, while the expansion project involves setting up two more identical units of 120 mw. These will be commissioned by the year 2008.

Typically, such units generate about 5,000-6,000 tonnes of ash per day, of which fly ash consists of 4,000-4,800 tonnes. A project is un-derway to allow easy loading of fly ash from the plants. By 2009, the quantity of fly ash that can be utilised is expected to touch 4,500 ton-nes per day. At present, this volume is about 900 tonnes.

“Nalco is yet to decide on the size of the cement plant. However, rough estimates show that a one million tonnes cement plant can be put up to utilise three lakh tonnes of fly ash. Nalco’s current fly ash generation per annum is 3.2 lakh tonnes,” a Nalco official said.