Reliance targets Bengal for new plant

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India: Reliance Cement Company Limited is planning to start production in Bengal. The company wants to set up a 3Mt/yr plant at Raghunathpur in the Purulia district.

Reliance Cement plans to invest US$100m in the project and has submitted its letter of intent to the Bengal state government. The government is likely to highlight the project as it prepares its 200-day performance report to be unveiled in December 2011.

The Bengal unit will be the third plant from Reliance Cement as the company embarks on a capacity expansion plan to take production to 50Mt/yr. Projects with a capacity of 5 Mt/yr were announced in 2010 for Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra. In 2008, the company secured limestone-mining licences at Satna in Madhya Pradesh.


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