JSW steel plant in Kadapa; AP SIPB approves Rs 23,985-cr investments

The Andhra Pradesh State Investment Promotion Board, headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, approved investments of Rs 23,985 crore

Andhra Pradesh State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB)

AMARAVATI: The Andhra Pradesh State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB), headed by Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy, on Monday approved investments of Rs 23,985 crore in the State.

The SIPB meeting, held here, has given its nod for the proposal of JSW Steel Limited to set up a steel plant in Kadapa at a cost of Rs 8,800 crore and for pumped hydro storage projects to be set up by Adani Green Energy Limited and Shirdi Sai Electricals.

The officials informed the Chief Minister that JSW Steel Limited would invest Rs 8,800 crore in two phases for setting up the steel plant in Sunnapu Rallapalli village in Kadapa district. In the first phase, Rs 3,300 crore will be invested by the company and one million tonnes of steel will be produced in the first year. This will be upgraded to two million tonnes in the second year before hitting the three-million tonne mark subsequently.

The Chief Minister asked the officials to ensure that the steel plant works commenced as soon as possible. He said that it was a great effort in the process of changing the face of backward Rayalaseema. Besides, thousands of people will get employment directly and indirectly even as many allied industries will be set up providing more employment opportunities, he felt.

JSW Group, a $22-billion entity engaged in steel, energy, manufacturing, cement and painting, is producing 27 million tonnes of steel annually. JSW has factories in Karnataka, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

The Board also approved 1,600 MW pumped hydro storage power project for which, Adani Green Energy Limited will invest Rs 6,330 crores, providing direct employment to over 4,000 people.

The Company will set up a 1,000 MW plant in Pedakota of Alluri Sitarama Raju district and a 600 MW plant at Raiwada in Anakapalli and Vizianagaram districts. The project is expected to commence work in December 2024 and is set to be commissioned within four years. Around 4,196 million units of electricity per year will be produced from these faclities.

The SIPB has also cleared Rs 8,855-crore hydro storage project. Shirdi Sai Electricals Limited will set up two projects at Yerravaram and Somasila to produce 2,100 MW of electricity. The Company will set up a 1,200 MW project at Yerravaram and a second project of 900 MW at Somasila. The target is to commence the works in July 2023 and complete it in phases by December 2028. After its commencement, the company will directly generate employment for 2,100 people.

Deputy Chief Minister (Panchayati Raj, Rural Development Department) Budi Muthyala Naidu, Finance, Planning and Legislative Affairs Minister Buggana Rajendranath, Minister of Commerce, Investment, Infrastructure and IT Gudivada Amarnath, Minister of Agriculture, Cooperatives, Marketing and Food Processing Kakani Govardhan Reddy, Chief Secretary Dr KS Jawahar Reddy and several other senior officials were present at the meeting.

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