SAIL begins production of world’s longest single rail

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on January 12, 2018

Public sector utility Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has begun commercial production of the world’s longest single rail from the newly inaugurated Universal Rail Mill (URM) at the company’s Bhillai steel plant. Each single rail will extend to 130 metres.

According to a statement from SAIL, the URM has been established with an investment of ₹1,200 crore, taking the total capacity of the Bhillai steel plant to produce rails to 2 million tonnes per annum. This will be the largest rail production capacity in any single location for a plant in the world. The URM complex is a part of the plant’s modernisation and expansion programme.

The URM complex would equip SAIL to meet Indian railways’ specific demand of 260 metre rails as the new mill is capable of producing 260 metre long rail with a single weld and also has the provision to supply welded panels up to 520 metre length in future. A press statement from SAIL noted, “The rails rolled from this new URM will enable SAIL to produce rails with improved surface quality, less residual stress and improved straightness.”

India aims to increase steel production to 300 million tonne by 2030-2031. The government has recently unveiled a roadmap for the same and is evaluating proposals to increase steel consumption.

Published on January 23, 2017

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