The MoU was signed in the presence of Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, PK Kunhalikutty, Minister for Industries and IT, Kerala, E.K. Bharat Bhushan, Special Secretary and Financial Advisor, Ministry of Steel, and C.S. Verma, Chairman, SAIL.
Through this MoU, possibilities of setting up of the Titanium Project in Joint Venture in Kerala will be explored by SAIL and KSIDC and KMML, in a phased manner.
To begin with in Phase 1, setting up of a Titanium Sponge and Metal Plant based on supply of Titanium Tetrachloride by KMML will be considered.
In subsequent phases, backward and forward integration will be explored for ensuring long term viability of the project."
Speaking on the occasion, Chandy said: ''The project would lead to overall development of the region and will also contribute to faster economic growth of Kerala."
He urged the state government and SAIL officials to take steps for early commencement of project activities.
He conveyed his trust and confidence in SAIL's capacity and capabilities and lauded SAIL's exemplary work in the state of Kerala."
Verma stated, "Government of Kerala and SAIL have a longstanding association."
He further said that, SAIL is continuously on the lookout for new business opportunities in the areas of its competency and the signing of MoU is a step in that direction.
He said that the company would constitute a dedicated team of officers and all efforts will be made to ensure timely completion of various activities in relation to the project ".
This will be the another major titanium project in the state of Kerala, after the Nation's first titanium sponge plant was put up at KMML's Chavara complex in Kerala between KMML, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) and the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory in the year 2011.
--IBNS (Posted on 04-04-2013)