May 15, 2012

Biggest Blast Furnace BF-3 Goes on Stream at Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited (RINL) - Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP)

The blowing-in process of newly built third Blast Furnace (BF–3) which was commenced on Wednesday (24th April 2012) went through successfully with first tapping of Hot Metal from Blast Furnace (BF–3) took place at 17.06 hrs IST. With this the 3800 cubic meter capacity Blast Furnace – 3 at RINL (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited) / VSP (VishakhapatnamSteel Plant) goes on stream adding about 4 per cent capacity increase in the country. It was built as a part of the expansion project to take the capacity of the Vishakhapatnam Steel Plant (VSP or RINL) from the present 3 million tonnes to 6.3 million tonnes. The cost of the blast furnace along with the turbo blower, water system and auxiliary systems is estimated at Rs 3,800 crore.
Blowing-in of the newly built third Blast Furnace (BF-3) was carried out by employees along with CMD, RINL (Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited) on 24th April 2012. Sri.A.P. Choudhury, CMD, RINL chaired the long cherished dream of commissioning of biggest blast furnace by participating with employees in tapping process and congratulated one and all for this historic moment. Sri. Beni Prasad Verma, Honourable Union Minister of Steel, Sri. D.R.S. Choudhury, Secretary Steel congratulated the RNIL collective for the successful commissioning and production from new blast furnace (BF – 3).
Sri. S. Machendra Nathan, AS and FA who is in RINL complimented the team by witnessing the tapping process. Dr. Dalip Singh, Joint Secretary, Steel and the Independent Directors of the Company complimented the RINL collective. Directors of the company along with several senior officers witnessed this most memorable moment of first tapping.   
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