Availability of raw materials is strategic to any manufacturing outfit. The major materials for steel production is iron ore and other input such as coking coal, limestone, dolomite, refractory clays and metal additives such as chromium, nickel, molybdenum, manganese etc. the nature of the mineral (physical and chemical), purity, concentration and availability in commercial quantities can affect the technologies required for mineral mining, processing, utilization, quality of the products and the general viability of the enterprise.
The plant is strategically located near the iron ore deposits which can be found in some states in the country. Itakpe in Kogi State is believed to have the purest deposits of iron ore and other states where it is deposited includes, Abia Anambra, Bauchi, Benue, Kwara, Plateau and Nasarawa.