The Indian primary steel industry has witnessed a sharp rebound from the second half of fiscal 2021 despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. While the pandemic-related risks persist, sector analysts MANISH GUPTA & NAVEEN VAIDYANATHAN of CRISIL Ratings believe growth momentum for the steel industry could sustain in FY2022. This would help steel makers fortify balance sheets even as they continue to invest for future growth.
Considerable investments are planned through private sector participation in addition to investments through internal resources of VPT for port modernisation in the major thrust areas of deepening of channels and berths, development of new berths, modernisation and mechanisation of existing berths and improvements in connectivity and other logistics such as multi-model logistic parks, said MT Krishna Babu, Chairman, Port of Visakhapatnam.
During this financial year, Pradip Port Trust (PPT) targets to export 5.5 million tonne iron ore, including about 1.5 million tonne iron pellets. This is 300 per cent more than the 1.8 million tonne iron ore exports recorded by the port last year.
Due to iron ore supply issues, JSW SteelÂ’s Vijayanagar plant in Karnataka is currently running at 85 per cent capacity utilisation level. While the Supreme Court has approved the opening of 115 Category A and B iron ore mines in Karnataka, only 15 are up and running.
In the first half year of this fiscal ended September 30, 2013, NMDC, the country's largest iron ore mining company, has reported a 8 per cent rise in sales of iron ore. The company has said it sold 13.75 million tonne of iron ore between April-September 2013, up from 12.72 million tonne in the same period last year.
In the first six months of the current financial year, the Paradip Port Trust (PPT) handled 34.12 million tonne of cargo. This is an increase of 33.13 per cent compared to 25.63 million tonne last year and is also 7.53 per cent higher over the target fixed for the period.
Steel Authority of India (SAIL) would adopt several steps to increase operational efficiency and thereby save Rs 5,000 crore in cost over the next three years. The state-run steel maker said in a statement after a Â‘Strategic Confluence on Cost Control and Cost CompetitivenessÂ’ at its Management Training Institute in Ranc