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New slab caster complex opened at Bhilai Plant

Union Minister for Steel Virbhadra Singh recently opened the new 0.8-million tonne Slab Caster Complex in Steel Melting Shop (SMS)-II of the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).

The new slab caster complex has been installed at a sanctioned expenditure of over Rs 520 crore. The Minister also laid the foundation stone of a new 4-million tonne per annum capacity SMS-III complex at BSP. The shop will come up with an estimated cost of around Rs 3,500 crore. The slab caster and ladle furnace were installed by a consortium led by Danieli & C of Italy and RH Degasser was installed by a consortium led by Siemens VAI, Germany. The commissioning of the Ladle Furnace was done in June 2008 and the performance guarantee test was successfully completed in May 2009. The new Caster will further enhance Bhilai’s steel-making capabilities. It will facilitate replacement and modernisation of existing casters.

Addressing members of the Bhilai collective, Singh congratulated them for their excellent performance and work culture. He expressed that as SAIL’s flagship plant, it would lead the way in faster implementation of the company’s massive modernisation and expansion plan. BSP is presently implementing a programme to achieve hot metal production capacity enhancement to 7.5 million tones per annum. The minister also acknowledged the contribution of the country’s first Prime Minister, Pt Jawaharlal Nehru whose visionary leadership provided the country with steel and hydro-electric projects and a scientific temperament.

Speaking on the occasion, SK Roongta, chairman, SAIL, congratulated the Bhilai collective for their excellent performance in 2008-09, which was exemplary inspite of the recession in second half of the fiscal year. Bhilai has been in the forefront not only for its performance but its work culture.

Later, R Ramaraju, managing director, Bhilai Steel Plant, thanked the Minister for having chosen Bhilai for his first visit to a steel plant

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