Whitefield Papers Mills to Build Greenfield Mill in India

April 3, 2006 - Whitefield Papers Mills Ltd. said that it will construct a two-lakh (200,000) tonne per year greenfield speciality paper mill near Kovvur in Andhra Pradesh with an investment of Rs 1,200 crore.

The Hindu Business Line reported that the company and the State Government (India) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in the presence of the Chief Minister, Dr Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, who assured government help for the paper mill.

The Chairman of Whitefield Papers, Mr. T. Srinivasa Rao, told the Business Line that the project would seek a special economic zone status since about 60 per cent of the total capacity would be exported and the rest sold in the domestic market.

"We have tied up with the Elof Hansson group for long-term supply of wood pulp, which forms the main raw material for paper plant. This arrangement with the Swedish company would also extend to marketing of the products, through a buyback arrangement," he explained.

On the finances, Mr Rao said, "While the equity component would be Rs 480 crore, the promoters would pump in about Rs 280 crore, while it will have about Rs 240 crore in debt, the company could possibly raise about Rs 200 crore from the market later."

Mr Rao said that all necessary clearances would be procured by December and the financial closure achieved by January 2007 and trail production is likely by November 2008, followed by commercial production by December 2008. The Chief Minister said that the Government had allotted about 250 acres of land at Bayyavaram village near Kovvur in West Godavari, and the site is ideally located since it can procure water from Godavari river, and take advantage of the gas pipeline and Kakinada port along with highway and road connectivity. Within three months, the land alienation would be completed.

SOURCE: The Hindu Business Line

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