OST Business Bureau
Rourkela, Aug 27:
The largest Blast Furnace in the country, which became operational at SAIL’s Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) on August 10 has ramped up its Hot Metal production to a level of 4050 tons a day, more than 50% of its rated capacity in a span of just eight days after commencement of production from 16th August 2013.
The state of the art furnace named ‘Durga’ with a volume of 4060 m3 is designed by Danieli Corus and incorporates advanced features like Top Pressure Recovery Turbine, flat cast house, waste heat recovery system in stoves, closed circuit cooling, to name a few.
The new slab caster supplied by SMS Siemag, which commenced hot trial in June 2013, has achieved a sequence production of 24 in a day, which is more than 75% of its daily rated capacity during this month. This caster can produce slabs up to a width of 2500 mm. primarily to cater to the need of producing up to 4.2 m wide plates from the new Plate Mill, which is presently under erection and is expected to commence production in the near future.
With the commencement of operations from these two major units along with new 7 m tall Coke Oven battery and the 360 m2 sinter plant which had commenced production earlier, Rourkela Steel Plant is firmly on course to increase its capacity from the current level of 1.9 MTPA to 4.2 MTPA of crude steel during this calendar year. The balance major production units in this chain to be made operational soon are the 3rd BOF in the Steel Melting Shop No. 2.