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JSW likely to invest ₹40,000 cr to set up EV, Battery manufacturing & recycling facilities in Odisha


The JSW group, on on 10th Feb, 2024 , announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to set up an integrated electric vehicles (EV) and EV battery manufacturing project at Cuttack and Paradip via a 40,000 crore (approx $5B) investment.

The company plans to invest 25,000 crore in Cuttack for the electric vehicle and its battery manufacturing complex, while 15,000 crore will be invested in the EV components manufacturing complex in Paradip.

“By integrating our operations within Odisha's vibrant ecosystem, we aim to create a symbiotic relationship that benefits all stakeholders, fostering growth and innovation, and generating numerous high-skilled job opportunities. It's a testament to our belief in Odisha's potential and our dedication to contributing positively to its economic landscape," said Sajjan Jindal, chairman of JSW Group.

The project consists of a 50 GWH EV battery plant for both mobility & energy storage systems, commercial e-vehicles and passenger electric cars, auto components like e-powertrain, lithium refinery, copper smelter and related component manufacturing units.


The company will also set up an original equipment manufacturer plant for electric vehicles and components in the same integrated complex. This according to the company will be the world’s largest single-location project in the sector &  it is proposing to create 11,000 jobs from the project — 4,000 in Cuttack and 7,000 in Paradip.


This partnership, the company believes, not only underscores the state’s attractive investment climate but also the government’s strategic initiatives to position Odisha at the forefront of India's EV and green technology sectors. The state government of Odisha will support the initiative through a special package of incentives.

“We are keenly focused on leveraging the opportunities presented by the new age sectors, aiming to create high-skill job opportunities for the people of Odisha. Through our collaboration with the JSW Group, we are setting the stage for a future where innovation drives our industrial growth, ensuring that the youth of Odisha have access to the skills and jobs that will define the next generation of economic development," said Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister of Odisha, on the occasion.


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India acquires Lithium mining blocks in Argentina


India on 15th Jan 2024, announced the acquisition of five lithium blocks in Argentina.The Mines Ministry, through Khanij Bidesh India Limited (KABIL), signed an agreement with Argentina’s State-owned CAMYEN. 

The State-owned KABIL will start exploration and development of five lithium brine blocks, namely Cortadera-I, Cortadera-VII, Cortadera-VIII, Cateo-2022-01810132, and Cortadera-VI, covering an area of about 15,703 hectares

With this agreement, KABIL has obtained Exploration and Exclusivity Rights for five blocks. The agreement will allow the State-owned entity to evaluate, prospect, and explore. Upon subsequent discovery of lithium minerals, exploitation rights for commercial production have also been granted. 

Its known Brine technology  has cost advantage over minerals. Things will  be further cost effective if DLE   deployed  instead  of age old  evaporation technology.

India’s lithium requirements, amounting to around ₹24,000 crore (~ $3B), are met through imports, with the majority of supplies coming from China.

Lithium, often called ‘white gold’, forms the cornerstone of the country’s transition to green energy options. It is used across various categories, including energy storage solutions, batteries for mobile phones, and in EVs. 

India's also in  preliminary discussions with Bolivia to acquire lithium assets.