India’s largest blast furnace becomes operational at RSP


    OST Business Bureau

    Rourkela, Aug 10:

    ‘Durga’, the largest blast furnace of the country, become operational at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), a unit of the Maharatna Company Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), on SaturdayInauguration of new slab caster.

    Built at an approximate expenditure of Rs 1600 crore, the new, state-of-the-art furnace has a useful volume of 4060 cubic metres, and will increase SAIL’s hot metal capacity by 2.5 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) from 2 MTPA to 4.5 MTPA.

    SAIL Chairman CS Verma inaugurated the new Slab Caster at the Steel Melting Shop-II of RSP, which can cast slabs of up to 2500 mm width, on Saturday. He visited the furnace and inspected the facilities. Also present on the occasion were Director (Technical) Mr SS Mohanty, Director (Projects & Business Planning) Mr T S Suresh, CEO RSP Mr GS Prasad and senior officers and employees of the steel plant.

    The new slab caster, set up at an approximate expenditure of Rs. 500 crore, incorporates latest technologies and can cast slabs of width up to 2500 mm with thickness of 220 mm, 250 mm and 300 mm. This slab caster will supply slabs to the new 4.3 metre wide Plate Mill being installed as a part of RSP’s modernisation and expansion plan.