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Vedanta Picks Modi’s State for $20bn India Chips Plant

Vedanta won subsidies on expenditure and cheap power from western Gujarat state to build the computer chip mega-project, sources say

Vedanta plans to build its $20bn chips plant with Foxconn in western Gujarat state, sources say.
Vedanta Resources chairman Anil Agarwal speaks at an investment forum in Cape Town in 2018. Vedanta has proposed building a chip plant in Gujarat but the government says its tech partner must have 'more skin in the game'. File photo: AFP.


Vedanta Ltd has selected Gujarat – the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in west India – for its $20-billion semiconductor project with Taiwan’s Foxconn, sources have said.

Vedanta obtained financial and non-financial subsidies on capital expenditure and cheap electricity from Gujarat state to build the semiconductor plants, the first source with knowledge of the matter said.

The project will include display and semiconductor facilities near the largest city of Ahmedabad in the western state, the source added, declining to be named ahead of an official announcement.

While lobbying for incentives, Vedanta had sought 1,000 acres (405 hectares) of land free of cost on a 99-year lease, and water and power at concessionary and fixed prices for 20 years, it was revealed in April.

A spokesperson for Vedanta did not respond to a request for comment while Foxconn did not immediately respond.

A senior official in Gujarat’s science and technology department, and another in Chief Minister Bhupendrabhai Patel’s office, declined to comment.


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An announcement is expected this week with a formal signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two sides, which is likely to be attended by Patel and Vedanta officials, the source added.

Other regions including India’s richest state of Maharashtra in west and Telangana and Karnataka in the south had also been in the running to host the Vedanta-Foxconn mega project.

But in the last leg of negotiations in recent weeks, Gujarat pipped Maharashtra to the post.

India’s semiconductor market is estimated to expand four-fold and more to $63 billion by 2026 from $15 billion in 2020, the government says.

Most of the world’s chip output is limited to a few countries like Taiwan and late entrant India is now actively luring companies to “usher in a new era in electronics manufacturing” as it seeks for ways to have seamless access to chips.

Vedanta, an oil-to-metals conglomerate, decided in February to diversify into chip manufacturing and formed the joint venture with Foxconn.

Vedanta in talks to raise up to $3 billion debt for its semiconductors push.

  • Reuters with additional editing by Jim Pollard





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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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