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|SAIL Approves Bhilai Steel Plant Modernization, Expansion|
|= 7-Mt/a crude steel capacity targeted =|
According to the April 3 announcement of Steel Authority of India Ltd. ("SAIL"), its Board has given in-principle approval to a proposal for modernization and capacity expansion of Bhilai Steel Plant ("BSP") in Chattisgarh State. The project aims to increase annual production capacity of crude steel from current 3.93 million tonnes (Mt) to 7.0 Mt, and will include installation of a blast furnace that will be among the biggest in the country, a new coke over battery and a new sinter plant. Under modernization, the ingot route will be phased out and BSP will become a 100% continuous casting plant with addition of a brand new steel melting shop of 4.0 Mt/a capacity.|
SAIL envisages to enhance crude steel production capacity to a total of an approximately 23 Mt/a by 2010. Modernization and expansion of BDS is an integral part of this SAIL's growth plan. The SAIL board has already given in-principle approvals to the proposals to enhance crude steel capacity of IISCO in West Bengal State to 2.5 Mt/a, and Bokaro Steel Plant in Jharkand State to 7.0 Mt/a.
In fiscal 2006 / 07 (Apr / 06 - Mar / 07), SAIL's production of saleable steel set a new record of 12.6 Mt plus. The captive mines of SAIL met 100% iron ore requirement of the company's steel plants by producing some 25 Mt of iron ore during the year.
SAIL achieved lowest-ever energy consumption of 7.14 giga calorie per tonne of crude steel, blast furnace productivity of 1.5 tonnes / m3 / day. Best-ever labor productivity was also recorded at 200 tonnes / man during the year for SAIL as a whole and 268 tonnes for BSP.
SAIL is also in control of Dourgapur Steel Plant in West Bengal State and Rourkela Steel Plant in Orissa State.
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