Odisha Sun Times Business Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 6:
Public sector steel behemoth Steel Authority of India (SAIL) plans to increase the capacity of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in Odisha to 50 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) hot metal by 2025.
“We have ambitious plans for RSP’s further expansion to 10.8 million tonnes per annum as part of SAIL’s vision to attain a capacity of 50 million tonnes per annum hot metal by 2025,” SAIL said in a press release today.
Work on the ongoing Rs 12, 000 crore expansion, which will raise the capacity of the plat to 4.5 MTPA, is nearing completion. The capacity of the plant will be more than doubled in the next phase of expansion, the company said.
“Some of the schemes under this future expansion plan like the 3 million tonne per annum hot strip mill and the beneficiation and pelletisation plant have already been tendered out,” the release said.
Two key components of the ongoing expansion – a basic oxygen furnace (BOF) and a plate mill – became operational today.
“With commencement of production in the new 150 tonnes BOF and 1 million tonne per annum plate mill, all the major facilities under the modernisation and expansion programme at the unit have been operationalised,” SAIL said.
Following the expansion, the hot metal production capacity at the Rourkela steel plant will go up to 4.5 million tonnes per annum from 2 million tonnes now.