POSCO said in a statement it plans to invest 72 trillion won, or more than 60% of the total amount in South Korea, creating an estimated 330,000 jobs, as it seeks to become a leader in environmentally-friendly materials. The rest will be invested overseas.

POSCO Group has been expanding into new businesses for diversification, including minerals used in electric vehicle batteries such as lithium.

Last month, General Motors Co and group affiliate POSCO Future M said they will expand the production capacity at their chemical battery materials facility in Canada, taking their estimated total investment to over $1 billion.

In 2020, POSCO announced a plan to become net-zero by 2050, including a 10% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 versus the 2017-2019 average.

($1 = 1,307.1200 won)

(Reporting by Joyce Lee, editing by David Evans)