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SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant developing special grade steels for wagons & boilers Print E-mail
Written by Ganesh   
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
New Delhi: Steel Authority of India Limited's (SAIL) Bhilai Steel Plant is developing special steel grades of plates for use in railway wagons and boilers. One, meant for use by Titagarh Wagons Ltd, is for manufacture of high speed light wagons. The second one under development stage is a dual grade boiler quality plate for intermediate and low temperature application by boiler and pressure vessel manufacturers.

It recently developed and rolled out a new grade of plate for use in the manufacture of pressure vessel for a petrochemical project. The plates would be used for the manufacture of pressure vessels under a high pressure and sub-zero temperature condition, used in petrochemical projects.

A transverse impact toughness test was conducted on the special steel variety before launch. The Bhilai Steel Plant is now also ready to commercially supply end forged thick web asymmetric rail to the Indian Railways and corrosion resistant grade of plate for the manufacturing of bogey frames for rail coaches, to be used by BEML, for the Delhi Metro project.

The Chairman of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), Mr C.S. Verma, visited Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) in Chhattisgarh on August 20, 2011 to review the progress of modernisation & expansion (M&E) activities being implemented in the plant at a cost of about Rs. 17,200 crore. A day later, Mr Verma also visited the Rajhara and Dalli mines, which provide raw material for BSP. SAIL has laid a thrust upon upon timely implementation of the company's M&E programme.

Inspecting project sites along with BSP CEO Mr Pankaj Gautam and senior officers of the plant, Mr Verma expressed satisfaction over the progress made in installation of Bhilai's new Blast Furnace # 8. Coming up with an investment of Rs. 1,579 crore, BF #8 will be the biggest blast furnace of Bhilai with an annual hot metal production capacity of 2.8 million tonnes (MT). Interacting with senior officers of BSP, Chairman SAIL urged them to closely monitor every step of the M&E programme and ensure adherence to timelines by equipment suppliers.

During the visit Mr. Verma witnessed operations in Coke Oven Battery (COB) # 10, currently under hot repair, and BF # 7. Chairman, SAIL also visited the main M&E project sites, including COB # 11, Sinter Plant # 3 (in which a second sinter machine would be installed), Steel Melting Shop # 3 and Bar & Rod Mill. He also reviewed work at the ultra-modern Universal Rail Mill being set up at the plant at a cost of Rs. 1,200 crore. At Dalli-Rajhara, Mr. Verma witnessed the crushing, screening and washing processes and interacted with officers of the mines.

In a press conference held in Bhilai, Mr. Verma informed that SAIL would invest Rs. 10,264 crore on development of its mines, adding that the company's total iron ore requirement would increase from the present 23.2 MT to a post-expansion level of 39 MT. The entire iron ore requirement would be met from captive sources, he said. Underlining the importance of research & development in the steel industry, Mr. Verma informed mediapersons that the company is ready with an R&D masterplan which it is going to place before the government soon.

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