Showing posts with label Indian Steel Industry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indian Steel Industry. Show all posts

December 17, 2014

The largest Blast Furnace of India blown-in by SAIL at ISP, Burnpur

An Array of Blast Furnaces
The largest Blast Furnace in India was blown-in at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL’s) IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) in presence of Sri C.S. Verma, Chairman SAIL, at Burnpur. Named 'Kalyani', the state-of-the-art blast furnace has a volume of 4160 cubic meters and has become the biggest operating blast furnace in India now. Prior to this, the largest Blast Furnace of the country was installed by SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in 2013 which has a useful volume of 4060 cubic meters. The start-up of this furnace 'Kalyani' is  being considered as the culmination of a massive Modernization and Expansion work in IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) Burnpur for the installation of a state-of-the-art 2.5 MTPA steel plant.

August 1, 2014

India builds warships with indigenously developed Alloy Steel DMR249A

In the last month when Rear Admiral (retd) A K Verma, CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) formally handed over the INS Kamorta to commissioning captain Commander Manoj Jha, India touched another milestone in steel making. The day would be marked when India shed her dependency on imported high-grade steel to build warships. DMR249A, or the new category of steel made at Alloy Steel Plant (ASP), Durgapur and further strengthened at the Bhilai Steel Plant, was used to build the anti-submarine warfare corvette. Both, these Steel Plants are the units of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), a PSU, is the largest producer of iron and steel in India.

"This was the first ship of the Kamorta class of ASW corvettes. These are very advanced vessels. Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) are presently building the three other vessels of this class. All of them will be built using DMR249A. This was a great achievement for the country. Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has developed this steel and we will no longer have to depend on imports for naval shipbuilding that will certainly go up in the days to come. Even the hull of the INS Vikrant, India's indigenous aircraft carrier that is under construction, has been built with this steel. The flight deck of the aircraft carrier has been built using a superior quality steel that was also made at the Alloy Steel Plant," a senior defence ministry official said. 

Till now, India has been primarily using Russian-made AB Steel for naval shipbuilding. With India aiming to turn into a 'Builders Navy' from a 'Buyers Navy', the country can't rely solely on imports of steel. The bulk of sensors and weapons systems on the INS Kamorta have also been supplied by Indian companies. 
Besides pricing, one has to consider changes in the global political scenario. A time may come when sanctions are imposed and exports to India are banned by countries that now supply steel for shipbuilding. Employees at GRSE were trained in ASP specially for welding this steel - DMR249A. This quality of steel was first developed in ingot form at the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), Ranchi as per specifications of the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory. At Alloy Steel Plant Durgapur, the steel was cast into plates with an aim to build a superior quality steel. It was left to Bhilai Steel Plant to produce plates of 8-16 mm thickness without Quenching and Tempering (Q&T), through controlled rolling. The steel can absorb an impact of 78 Joules at 60 degrees below zero. As temperature reduces, the steel actually becomes tougher. This will enable the ship to sail in as low temperature as in arctic waters if the need arises. 
(Source: Excerpts from TOI)

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October 18, 2013

Steel Industry News - SAIL's IISCO Steel Plant modernization nears completion

Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Chairman Mr. C.S. Verma was at SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant (ISP), Burnpur on 5th Oct’13 to review the progress the modernization and expansion work of ISP which is in the last phase of its modernization (read integrated commissioning). SAIL Expedites Modernization and Expansion of ISP, Burnpur
SAIL ISP (IISCO Steel Plant) is being upgraded and modernized with a total cost of over ₹ 16000 Crores with a target to produce about 2.9 MT of Hot Metal from this steel plant after its modernization. 
Array of SAIL Blast Furnaces
The major facilities include a new 7 meter tall Coke Oven Battery, two new Sinter Machines, a new Blast Furnace of 4060 cubic meter volume with Top Pressure Recovery Turbine, three new 150 ton Basic Oxygen Furnaces, two nos. of 6-strand Billet caster sand one 4-strand Beam Blank / Bloom caster, Universal Section Mill, Wire Rod and Bar Mill with necessary auxiliary and service facilities.
Besides the Coke Ovens Battery, SAIL Chairman also visited the Universal Section Mill, Bar Mill and the BOF (Basic Oxygen Furnace) and CCP sites.   
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SAIL News - DSP achieved record Steel Production

Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP), a unit of SAIL (Steel Authority of India) - a Maharatna PSU has done it again by clocking the best ever first half (April - Sept) performance in this year since inception of the plant. DSP recorded an an all time high first half as well as yearly production in the previous year.
Congratulating the employees for the stupendous performance, Mr. P. K. Singh, CEO, DSP said, DSP has maintained consistency on improving the performance. The focused strategy and synergy among all departments have played the key role in this achievement. With heightened optimism and collective efforts we will set yet another record in the production in the current year also".
DSP’s record achievement includes the best ever H1 production in vital items - hot metal, crude steel, saleable steel, special steel, caster, saleable steel despatch, blend mix and sinter, registering a substantial growth over the CPLY.

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July 5, 2013

Essar Steel signs MOU with Harsco to become a Zero-Waste discharging company

In its stride to become a ‘zero-waste’ discharging company Essar Steel, one of the leading steel makers among private sector steel making companies in India,  has signed an mou for 15 years worth ₹ 960 crore (about $ 160 million)  with Harsco India for recovering iron from slag generated in its furnaces.
"The Agreement is for a period of 15 years valued at $ 160 million over the duration of contract. As per agreement, Harsco will recover iron from slag which can then be reused in steel making," Essar Steel today said in a statement. Moreover, after the metal is recovered, the sized slag can be used as road fill, in road-laying, brick-making, cement mix in construction, among other usages.
Essar Steel generates around one million tonnes of slag annually, which it has been using for making various construction materials till now; but the decision to rope in Harsco India, a leading firm in slag processing and metal recovery, has been taken to eliminate wastage of iron content in the slag.
"This agreement is in line with the objective of Essar Steel to become a "zero-waste" steel making company. We remain committed to the cause of sustainable development," said Rajiv Bhatnagar, Director at the Hazira Facility of Essar Steel India.
Essar Steel with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) is a fully integrated company from mining to retail and has strong downstream capability with a global presence in several countries - India, Canada, USA and Indonesia.
On the hand Harsco, headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is a diversified, worldwide company with more than 400 locations in 50 countries, are mainly serving to the industries fundamental to global economic progress and infrastructure development. 
 (Source: Business Line)  
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June 5, 2013

JSW Steel - Achievements and Developments

JSW Steel wins prestigious Platts Global Metals Award

JSW Steel Ltd., the flagship company of $11 billion Indian conglomerate JSW Group, has won the prestigious "The Industry Leadership Award" at Platts Global Metals Awards, held recently in London.
Mr Seshagiri Rao, Joint MD, JSW Steel and Group CFO said, "It gives us immense pleasure to get the prestigious Platts Global Metals Award. The company remains committed to the pursuit of challenging targets, safety, environmental protection, transparency, openness and social responsibility in every aspect of business around the world."
The award is given in recognition of achievements mainly in the fields of steel, metals and mining. Platts has ranked the Industry Leadership Award category on five parameters - Financial Results, Innovation, Product Quality, Safety and Strategic Vision. Under Financial Results, it reviews Annual Report, Company Growth figures and projections, Credit rating, Capital assets whereas in Innovation, it checks technology, processes, cost effectiveness and sustainability. On Product Quality aspect, records of reliability based on low percentage of load rejections, consistency of product specifications and timely delivery are some of the parameters which are evaluated while on Strategic Vision, Platts evaluates vision of the company.

Merger of JSW Ispat with JSW Steel

Earlier with effect from 1st June, JSW Steel has completed the merger of JSW Ispat Steel with itself. With the merger JSW Steel has now become the second largest steel producer in India after Steel Authority of India (SAIL) with 14.3 million tones capacity.

JSW Steel has a wide range of products which include pellets, slabs, HR coils/sheets, HR plates, CR coils, galvanized coils/sheets, and colour coated coils/sheets. In fact JSW Steel is one of the principal manufacturers of cold rolled, galvanized, and colour coated steel in India.

October 1, 2012

SAIL Expedites Modernization and Expansion of ISP, Burnpur

SAIL chairman urges for timely commissioning of modernization projects at ISP, Burnpur. The chairman of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Mr. C. S. Verma, visited IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) at Burnpur in West Bengal to review progress of work under the plant's ongoing modernization & expansion programme. ISP, Burnpur is well on its way to emerge as India's most modern integrated steel plant with capacity to produce 2.5 million tonnes of crude steel per annum. At present while most of the main projects at Burnpur are almost ready for commissioning remaining are in advanced stage of completion close to commissioning stage. 
Major facilities coming up in the ambit of ISP's modernization and expansion programme include a 7m tall COB along with environment-friendly coke dry quenching system, two 204 sq meter Sinter Machines; a new Blast Furnace of 4060 cubic meter volume with top pressure recovery turbine and coal dust injection system; three 150 tonnes BOF Converters, two 6-stand Billet Casters and one 4-stand bloom-cum-beam Blank Caster, Heavy Section Mill of 0.6 mtpa capacity, 0.5 mtpa Wire Rod Mill & 0.75 mtpa Bar Mill with necessary auxiliary and service facilities.

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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April 19, 2012

SAIL wins JCSSI and SCOPE awards for Safety and Corporate Governance respectively

The Raw Materials Division (RMD) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) has won the JCSSI safety awards at the annual Suraksha Puraskar organized by the joint committee on safety, health and environment in steel industry (JCSSI) for the mines with zero fatal accident. The prestigious awards, which are given by the Joint Committee on Safety, Health and Environment in the Steel Industry every year, upheld the safety management standard maintained by SAIL in its mines. The JCSSI is a national level apex bipartite body having management and trade union representatives from all the major players in Indian Steel Industry. SAIL’s Raw Materials Division won two awards for the year 2012 under the category 'No Fatal Accident in Collieries / Mines'. The mines department of Bhilai Steel Plant of SAIL has also won the award under same category for the year 2011.
Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) also bagged the SCOPE meritorious award for Corporate Governance for 2010-11.
The company Chairman, Mr C.S.Verma, received the award from the President of India, Ms Pratibha Patil, at the Public Sector Day celebration on 13th April, Friday. The award recognises SAIL’s commitment to practice the highest standards of corporate governance by ensuring transparency, disclosures and reporting that conforms fully to laws, regulations and guidelines. “SAIL also is one of the first PSUs to implement the system of signing an Integrity Pact with large suppliers and to voluntarily allocate up to 2 per cent of its profit after tax (PAT) towards corporate social responsibility initiatives,” Mr Verma said.

December 16, 2011

SAIL scouting for Coking Coal assets in Australia

State-run Indian steel major Steel Authority of India Ltd.(SAIL), on Friday said it is exploring coal properties in Australia for acquisition.

"SAIL sources 10 million tonnes of coking coal from Australia and is scouting for coking coal properties in the country," SAIL Chairman C S Verma said at a meeting with Australian Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Financial Services and Superannuation, Bill Shorten, in New Delhi. He also said Indian investment in Australia would receive a thrust, provided local banks offer loans to such ventures at competitive rates.

In reply Shorten, who called on Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma in New Delhi to discuss cooperation in mineral and mining sectors between the two countries, said a mechanism could be worked out to provide loans to Indian ventures from Australia's large superannuation fund, adding that a thorough dialogue between the two governments would be necessary for any such arrangement.

At present almost 80 percent of coking coal used by Indian steel industry is imported from Australia. The Steel Minister also requested Shorten to extend support to the Indian iron and steel industry, which wants to acquire coking coal and iron ore assets in Australia.
(Source: PTI)  
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