Mittal Steel intends to build a steel mill in Orissa, an eastern Indian state that is exceptionally rich in mineral resources like coal, iron ore, and bauxite. Though the mill will ultimately produce 12 million tons of steel a year (assuming that it's built to plan), it will be constructed in two stages, each with a six-milion-ton capacity. Mittal's total investment in the project should be between $6.7 billion and $9 billion -- an unusually wide range, but so be it.
Mittal certainly won't be the first steelmaker to take a major interest in India, nor the last. POSCO
Assuming that this deal gets signed and implemented, I can see how some investors would be concerned. It's a fairly expensive project, particularly in the wake of the company's costly courtship of Arcelor, and such investments often lead to worries about cyclical tops in the market. After all, high prices stimulate investment into new production capacity, which in turn ultimately pushes prices back down.
In this case, though, I'm not especially worried. The notion of insatiable and unstoppable growth in India and China may be overplayed in the media, but there's a pretty sizable demand for steel in those locales, and I don't expect it to drop off over the long term.
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