Liberty Steel begins operations in India; starts production at Adhunik plant in Odisha

PTI New Delhi | Updated on October 22, 2020 Published on October 22, 2020

FILE PHOTO: Liberty Steel boss Sanjeev Gupta   -  REUTERS

Adhunik has an integrated steel plant at Chadrihariharpur near Rourkela with blast furnace and electric arc furnace steel making capability of 0.5 mtpa

Liberty Steel Group has begun operations in India with production starting at Adhunik Metaliks and Zion Steel, which Liberty had acquired earlier this year.

UK-based Liberty Steel Group is part of the diversified GFG Alliance, owned by Indian-origin metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta.

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In February, GFG Alliance announced its foray into the Indian steel industry with the acquisition of Adhunik Metaliks and its arm Zion Steel for about ₹425 crore. Both units were not in operation.

First phase on

In a statement on Thursday, Liberty Steel said “it has (from) this week restarted the first phase of production at Adhunik and Zion Steel. The restart has been achieved in just six months following intensive work to prepare the site for their return to steel-making operations after the previous owner fell into administration.”

Adhunik has an integrated steel plant at Chadrihariharpur near Rourkela in Odisha. The plant has both blast furnace and Electric Arc Furnace steel making capability with 0.5 million tonne per annum capacity, and a 34 MW captive power plant.

Adhunik along with Zion’s steel rolling facility has a combined capacity of 400,000 tonne per annum. They cater to automotive, energy, engineering and oil and gas sectors.

Jobs for locals

Sharing further details with respect to India operations, the company said during the operational ramp up from early May 2020, the business took on 1,500 local people in permanent and contractual roles to undergo vital and extensive maintenance and repairs before the formal production restart.

It also provided full salaries to employees once they were fully deployed on the site and 50 per cent salaries were given to those waiting to start work as part of the gradual restart. According to the statement, an agreement to this effect was signed between the management, multiple unions and government authority.

“It’s a proud moment for me. Adhunik is on its way to becoming fully operational. We have shown commitment to industrial communities by retaining and paying local workers as we start up operations and bring Adhunik and Zion works back to life. We aim to integrate the business into Liberty Steel Group in near future,” GFG Alliance Executive Chairman, Sanjeev Gupta, said.

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Adhunik Managing Director Uday Gupta said: “It has been a phenomenal journey to get to this stage but it has not been without challenges, especially as we continue to manage the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges in starting up the plant and machinery was overcome through the indomitable spirit of the Adhunik team working. With this progressive restart, we can now look forward to working in partnership with all stakeholders to take the operations to the next level.” London-based GFG Alliance is a global group of energy, mining, metals, engineering and financial services businesses.

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Published on October 22, 2020
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