SAIL’s blast furnace unit begins operation

PTI New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2018

Steel Authority of India (SAIL) today said the country’s largest blast furnace has become operational at its Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP).

“With the start of the new state-of-the-art furnace, hot metal capacity at RSP will increase to 4.5 million tonne per annum (MTPA) from its present capacity of 2 MTPA,” SAIL said in a statement.

“Durga, the largest blast furnace of the country, has become operational,” the company said. “Built at an approximate expenditure of Rs 1,600 crore, the furnace has a useful volume of 4,060 cubic metres.”

SAIL chief CS Verma visited the plant today and inspected the facilities.

With a daily hot metal production of 8,000 tonnes per day, the furnace has a life of 20 years and is equipped with systems such as pulverised coal injection, among others, the statement said.

Published on August 10, 2013

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