Jindal South West (JSW) headquartered in Karnataka state in SW India is to build a greenfield steel plant in West Bengal, N E India.

The company plans a INR 350bn ($5.7bn) 10Mt/y integrated plant on a greenfield site and is working towards secure a supply of ore. The Ministry of Environment & Forest has already granted the first stage forest clearance for iron and manganese ore mines in the adjacent state of Jharkhand at Ankua a 460Mt coking coal block at Rohne also in Jharkhand despite this being earlier designated as a ‘no-go’ area for environmental reasons, but JSW are confident this designation can be lifted as coking coal is a strategic mineral for India.

Phase 1 of the steelplant approved by the Ministry of the Environment will be a 3Mt/y unit although the original plan is for a 10Mt/y plant and 1600MW captive power plant which will require 4300 acres of land.