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China scraps plan to build 5 billion dollars steel plant in Brazil

Tuesday, July 3rd 2012 - 19:05 UTC
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The local partner of the project was Eike Batista considered the richest man in Brazil  The local partner of the project was Eike Batista considered the richest man in Brazil

A major Chinese steelmaker has scrapped a plan to build a five-billion-dollar factory in Brazil due to high costs and a slump in global prices for the metal, state media said Tuesday.

Wuhan Iron and Steel (Wisco) and Brazil's LLX, a subsidiary of the EBX group controlled by Brazil's richest man, Eike Batista, signed the deal to build the facility in Rio de Janeiro state in 2010.

Under the agreement Wisco was to own 70% of the plant, with the Brazilian firm to take the remaining stake. The plant was expected to come online this year with an annual production capacity of five million tonnes.

The project, if realised, would have been China's biggest investment in Brazil as well as the largest Chinese investment in an overseas plant, then Brazilian president Lula da Silva said at the time.

However, the Chinese company decided to shelve the project after feasibility studies showed the risks were overwhelmingly high, the 21st Century Business Herald reported, citing two unnamed sources.

The overall costs rose drastically as the factory, planned to be located in the Acu industrial zone, required a 300-kilometre railway line to link with a local iron ore mine Wisco owns, the report said.

The contraction in the Brazilian steel market and a slump in global demand also deterred Wisco from moving forward with the deal, it added. In addition Wisco failed to secure stable and cost-efficient coking coal supply for the plant, it said.

Categories: Investments, Brazil.

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  • briton

    and on the other blogg
    Bank of China expands in Brazil following 30bn dollars swap agreement

    false impressions,
    make ya mind up

    Jul 03rd, 2012 - 08:05 pm 0
  • slattzzz

    all guff mate say want they want to say when they are drinking thier beer soon as they get home scrub that one, only one winner and it aint a country in south america, blind springs to mind, oh well shit happens, I dare say TTT and Bk will think this is wonderful news and socks will be at the ready, blinkered fools I nearly feel sorry for them .............................NOT

    Jul 03rd, 2012 - 08:39 pm 0
  • Self Determination

    China operates in a certain way,they will take your iron ore ,make steel in China using cheap labour .then export finished steel goods undercutting your manufacturing industry.
    Its a one way street with China,all they want is food,ore ,minerals and oil.

    Jul 03rd, 2012 - 09:12 pm 0
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