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Qatar Steel raises stake in Saudi company to 29%

Industries Qatar arm to be also involved in South Steel's admin and production

Qatar Steel raises stake in Saudi company to 29%
Qatar Steel has secures a $250m loan to fund expansion plans (Getty Images)

Qatar Steel, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Industries Qatar, increased its stake in South Steel of Saudi Arabia to 29.74 percent, the company said on Thursday, a nearly nine percentage point increase in ownership.

A statement issued by the company said it will be involved in most aspects of South Steel's business, including operations, production and administration.

Qatar, the world's largest exporter of liquefied natural gas, has been investing in other industries. Earlier this month, Qatar Steel secured a $250m subordinated loan facility from two Gulf banks to finance expansion.

The company launched a $5.7bn aluminium plant in December 2009, which was inaugurated last year, and currently has foreign investments in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

South Steel consists of an integrated steel melting complex and has a production capacity of 1 million MTPA of steel billets and 500,000 MTPA of steel reinforcement bars.

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