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Essar Steel bags order from Mazagaon Docks to supply 13,000 tonnes of plates Print E-mail
Written by Vijay   
Friday, 06 May 2011
Mumbai: Essar Steel's plate products have now been approved by the Indian Navy and the company has received a prestigious order from Mazagaon Dock (MDL) to supply 13,000 tonnes of heavy plates to build state-of-the-art ships for Defence.  This is the first time that MDL has placed an order for such a large consignment of steel plates from a domestic steel mill.

Set up at a cost of approximately Rs. 2,000 crore, the plate mill has an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes.

The mill is capable of producing plates with a thickness ranging from 5 to 150 mm, width from 900 to 4900 mm and 3 m to 25 m in length – all of which are import- substitution products.

A stringent mill audit of Essar Steel’s recently commissioned wide-plate mill was conducted by teams from the Directorate of Naval Architecture (DNA), Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory (DMRL) and the Director General of Quality Assurance (DGQA) of the Ministry of Defence.

Currently, the mill is the only one of its kind in the country capable of producing 5-m wide plates conforming to global standards. It is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and controls – along with cutting edge technology sourced from Siemens Voest Alpine.

The plate mill has unique finishing facilities that include normalized rolled, furnace-normalized, direct quenched, quenched and tempered (QT) plates, shot blasting, austenising and Accelerated Direct Cooling (ADCO).

Essar now has integrated facilities from heavy plates, hot rolling, cold rolling, galvanizing and colour coating, with a full distribution business with Steel Processing Centres and retail outlets under the brand Essar Hypermarts.

The plate mill has also received an approval from API to use its monogram on steel plates, making it the first Indian company and the sixth company globally to receive such an approval.

The plates find applications in diverse segments, including defence, oil and gas, boilers and pressure vessels, heavy duty earth-moving machines, wind towers, mine protective vehicles, construction. The plate mill has approvals from some of the world’s leading ship-building, boilers, and yellow goods manufactures.

Essar Steel’s products are ultra strong, ultra tough, all-weather resistant and suitable for war ships.

Essar Steel's plate mill has now become the first premier plate producer in the country to be recognized for indigenous development of steel for building ships for the Indian Navy.

Until now, these products were largely imported but with these approvals, the country's dependence on imports has reduced significantly, especially for critical sectors like Defence.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 August 2011 )
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