The Tata Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (Tisco) of India constructed new plant in Richards Bay of South Africa to produce ferro-chrome by two electric furnaces and started to operate No.1 electric furnace from April of 2008. Following this operation of No.1 electric furnace, No.2 electric furnace is scheduled to be ignited in August of this year.|
Raw material to produce ferro-chrome relies on chrome ore to be supplied from South Africa and, therefore, charge chrome is produced at this new plant.
Also, this new plant constructed in Richards Bay has the capacity to produce 135,000 tons per annum of ferro-chrome by two electric furnaces. Following the first phase, Tisco is planning the second phase to produce 135,000 tons per annum of ferro-chrome but, in view of the fact that Eskom, national electric power corporation of South Africa, has decided on the end January of 2008 to reduce the volumes of electric power to be supplied to the South African industries, a time to complete the second phase has come to be not clear.