Sunday, July 31, 2005

SAIL approves new slab cluster for Bhilai

THE board of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has approved the proposal for setting up a new slab caster with associated facilities for second steel melting shop (SMS II) at Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) with an estimated cost of Rs 520 crore. The new single-strand slab caster is expected to have a capacity of eight lakh tonnes per annum (TPA) that would help the plant to produce value added/special quality of steel besides ensuring higher utilisation the converters. The installation of the slab caster with associated facilities such as RH degasser and ladle furnace will further augment Bhilai Steel Plant's capabilities to produce high quality plates and rails conforming to the stringent specifications for Indian Railways. The addition of a new caster along with associated facilities for secondary refining to the existing facilities of three slab casters, one combi caster and one bloom caster, will enable the shop to enhance steel production.