The Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), on 10 August 2013, operationalised the largest blast furnace of India, called Durga, at the SAIL Rourkela Steel Plant.
The blast furnace will help in increasing the hot metal capacity of SAIL by 2.5 million tonnes in a year. The hot metal capacity will become 4.5 million tonnes per annum.
Durga is built at the approximate cost of 1600 crore Rupees. The volume of the furnace is 4060 cubic metres. The blast furnace is absolutely environment-friendly and ensures minimum emissions. It also has the capability of recovering waste energy to the complete potential. It also has the closed-loop cooling system which leads to zero water discharge.
At the same time, the Director of SAIL, C.S. Verma also inaugurated the new slab caster at Steel Melting Shop-II of the plant. The new slab caster, in the meanwhile, was set up at the approximate cost of 500 crore Rupees. It incorporates the state-of-the-art technologies. It has the capability of casting the slabs of width up to 2500 mm with thickness of 220 mm, 250 mm and 300 mm. This new slab caster will also facilitate the slabs to new 4.3 metre wide plate mill, which will be installed as the part of Rourkela plant’s modernisation and expansion plan.
About Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL)
• Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) is the largest steel producing company of India.
• It has the turnover of 49350 crore Rupees.
• It is also among the Maharatna companies of India’s Central Public Sector Enterprises.
• SAIL has five integrated steel plants, three special plants, and one subsidiary in different parts of India.