Naveen visits Kimitsu Steel Works of NSC in Japan

Naveen visits Kimitsu Steel Works of NSC in Japan

Bhubaneswar/Tokyo: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is on a week-long business tour to Japan, visited a plant of Nippon Steel Corporation (NSC) on Thursday.

Naveen, who made a factory visit to the Kimitsu Steel Works and the Research & Development Centre of Nippon Steel Corp along with the state delegation, expressed optimism about the Japanese company’s proposed projects in Odisha. The visit to NSC’s Kimitsu Steel Works provided an opportunity for the delegation to learn about the latest technologies and processes used by the Japanese company in the production of steel.

The plant was established on land reclaimed from sea and used environmentally sustainable green technologies. The depth of sea used to be more than 10m. The plant has a large lay out campus and with green tree belts. The Plant produces diversified specialised steel products used for various downstream industries like the automobiles, official sources said.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister expressed his admiration for the state-of-the-art facility and the commitment of NSC towards excellence in steel production.

He discussed regarding the use of similar green technologies for the plants coming up in Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur districts. The proposed plant will also focus on specialised steel products which will enable downstream industries in Odisha.

Naveen highlighted the immense potential for collaboration between NSC and Odisha, given the state’s rich mineral resources and potential in the steel sector. He also assured the NSC officials about the committed support of the government of Odisha for Arcelor Mittal-Nippon Steel (AM/NS) India’s upcoming integrated steel plants in Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur in Odisha.

The projects will use huge volumes of iron ore fines which will help in value addition of the mineral within Odisha in comparison to current trend of exporting the iron ore fines.

The Chief Minister, in an Instagram post, said he was happy to witness the environment friendly steps taken by the company during his visit to the plant. “I am highly hopeful about the steel plants proposed to be set up in Kendrapada and Jagatsinghpur with their cooperation,” the Chief Minister said.

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