Italian government approaches investors for the former Ilva

The Italian government is actively looking for private investors in Acciaierie d’Italia (ADI) after Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said authorities intend to avoid nationalising the troubled steelmaker, Kallanish notes. They are rumoured to be in talks with local steelmaker Arvedi but also with Metinvest and Jindal Steel subsidiary Vulcan Green Steel, informed sources say.

While Arvedi is not commenting on its potential involvement with ADI, Metinvest has stated its interest. The company is currently supplying Taranto with raw materials and sourcing slab from Taranto for its Italian facilities (see Kallanish 31 January). Almost all local steelmakers and large steel processors have also been contacted by the government about investing. In an interview with local TV show Porta a Porta, Giorgia Meloni said that several potential investors are looking at the dossier.

Last week, the Italian government placed ADI into extraordinary administration, thereby passing control of the company to government appointed commissioners, headed by Giancarlo Quaranta. Sources in the market expect the government to name two more commissioners. Quaranta is meeting with the unions, while Italy’s Minister of Enterprises and Made in Italy (MIMT), Adolfo Urso, is discussing with the European Commission a grant of €320 million ($346m) to help pay for raw material and contractors.

ADI sold 2.5 million tonnes of steel in 2023 and currently has 1mt of steel in stock, including raw materials and finished products. It produced about 3mt of crude steel last year. At Taranto, ADI is producing using only blast furnace No.4, which was however idled on 21 February for maintenance for 24 hours.

Natalia Capra France