JSW Cement to start four greenfield grinding units

Bywanglee

Updated Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:49:41 GMT

India: According to the Deccan Herald, JSW Cement plans to start four more greenfield grinding plants, two each in West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, as part of its plan to grow its cement and clinker capacities to 20Mt/yr by 2018.

JSW Cement director and CEO Anil Kumar Pillai said that the company expects cement demand growth in its current fiscal year, which ends on 30 September 2015 and will gain pace in the next fiscal year. "The government's new infrastructure-led industrialisation plan will really boost cement demand. Already analysts have predicted a double-digit GDP growth rate, which will give a 15% hike in cement demand," said Pillai.

The greenfield projects are part of JSW Cement's US$1.41bn investment plan. "Each of the projects will have an investment of US$54.8 – 62.6m. In Tamil Nadu, we have identified one location at Tuticorin and the other will be near Puducherry. It will take 36 months to commission the units. Funds for these projects will be raised via internal accrual and bank borrowings," said Pillai.

JSW Cement is looking for land in West Bengal and will announce the details soon. The company has production plants in Vijayanagar and Bellari in Karnataka, Dolvi in Maharashtra and Nandyal in Andhra Pradesh. JSW Cement has achieved 55% of its production capacity in the last fiscal year. "In the last fiscal year, we produced 3.2Mt of cement and we have set a target of 4.2Mt in the current fiscal year. We expect to achieve 65% capacity utilisation once growth momentum gains in the third and fourth quarter," said Pillai.

Regarding industry rumours that JSW Cement is in the race to acquire Lafarge's cement assets in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh, Pillai said that the company was open to inorganic growth and will not go for exports.

Meanwhile, JSW Cement is installing a 10MW power plant that uses waste gas in Nandyal. "JSW Cement has committed US$15.7m of investment for this project and it will be commissioned within 12 to 14 months," said Pillai.