Indian consortium demands Afghan coal for iron and steel project - 08-21-2012, 07:55 AM
The consortium, dubbed Afghan Iron and Steel Company Limited (Afisco), proposed a six-million-ton-a-year steel plant in its bid for development of the Hajigak reserves along with supporting infrastructural facilities, but the bid for the reserves did not include coal linkages, which would be necessary to set up the steel production facility, an official in SAIL said.
The legal contract negotiated between Afisco and the Afghan Mines Ministry would now be forwarded for the approval of the government of Afghanistan before formal signing, the official said.
Afisco has earmarked an initial investment of $75-million for conducting preliminary exploratory work at Hajigak, which will be completed over two years.
The Indian consortium had also sought sovereign funding for the $11-billion Afghan project, which was under the consideration of the Mines and the External Affairs Ministries, but no decision had been taken at this stage, an official in the Mines Ministry said.
Significantly, the draft contract agreed between the developer and the Afghan Mines Ministry provided for a sliding royalty rate of between 3% and 12%, instead of the usual fixed rate, to be payable by Afisco.
A sliding rate based on benchmark international iron-ore prices was decided on to ensure a more equitable sharing of benefits between the Afghan government and Afisco during boom periods in international iron-ore markets, Ministry officials said.
However, a quick decision on allocation of a coal block for the proposed steel plant was crucial since any delays in setting up the steel mill would result in a cap on iron-ore exports by Afisco coming into play, the official said.
The Afghan government was, naturally, keen to maximise value addition of the extracted ore within the country, requiring the provision of a cap on exports being incorporated into the draft agreement, in case of delays in the construction of the steel mill.
Afisco, which includes SAIL and iron-ore miner NMDC Limited, in 2011 won the rights to develop the Hajigak reserves, committing an investment of $11-billion for development and extraction of iron-ore reserves, a steel production mill and associated logistics infrastructure.
SAIL had the highest stake in the consortium, at 20%, while NMDC and steel producer Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited held 18% each. Private consortium members JSW Steel and Jindal Steel and Power Limited also held 16% each, while JSW Ispat and Monnet Ispat and Energy Limited had 8% and 4% respectively.
A line[Durrand line] of hatred that raised a wall between the two brothers -Hamid Karzai
The men of Kábul and Khilj also went home; and whenever they were questioned about the Musulmáns of the Kohistán (the mountains), and how matters stood there, they said, "Don't call it Kohistán, but Afghánistán; for there is nothing there but Afgháns and disturbances." Thus it is clear that for this reason the people of the country call their home in their own language Afghánistán, and themselves Afgháns. The people of India call them Patán; but the reason for this is not known. But it occurs to me, that when, under the rule of Muhammadan sovereigns, Musulmáns first came to the city of Patná, and dwelt there, the people of India (for that reason) called them Patáns—but God knows!
08-21-2012, 04:19 PM
Afghans need to be careful when dealing with Indians. They have not kept/fulfilled any commitment/agreement with us since 1974. There have been many agreements India has signed with us; they make promises everyday. But not one agreement / commitment has ever been honored by them ever since the first one, Indira - Mujib Agreement 1974.
08-22-2012, 07:48 PM
And by the way if you are from Bangladesh then you are yourself an Indian, just by being muslim doesn't make you a difrent race.
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