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The largest Blast Furnace of India blown-in by SAIL at ISP, Burnpur

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An Array of Blast Furnaces
17-Dec-2014
The largest Blast Furnace in India was blown-in at Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL’s) IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) in presence of Sri C.S. Verma, Chairman SAIL, at Burnpur. Named 'Kalyani', the state-of-the-art blast furnace has a volume of 4160 cubic meters and has become the biggest operating blast furnace in India now. Prior to this, the largest Blast Furnace of the country was installed by SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) at Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in 2013 which has a useful volume of 4060 cubic meters.


The start-up of this furnace 'Kalyani' is  being considered as the culmination of a massive Modernization and Expansion work in IISCO Steel Plant (ISP) Burnpur for the installation of a state-of-the-art 2.5 MTPA steel plant.

India builds warships with indigenously developed Alloy Steel DMR249A

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1-Aug-2014
In the last month when Rear Admiral (retd) A K Verma, CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) formally handed over the INS Kamorta to commissioning captain Commander Manoj Jha, India touched another milestone in steel making. The day would be marked when India shed her dependency on imported high-grade steel to build warships. DMR249A, or the new category of steel made at Alloy Steel Plant (ASP), Durgapur and further strengthened at the Bhilai Steel Plant, was used to build the anti-submarine warfare corvette. Both, these Steel Plants are the units of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), a PSU, is the largest producer of iron and steel in India.

"This was the first ship of the Kamorta class of ASW corvettes. These are very advanced vessels. Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) are presently building the three other vessels of this class. All of them will be built using DMR249A. This was a great achievement for the country. Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has developed this steel and we will no longer have to depend on imports for naval shipbuilding that will certainly go up in the days to come. Even the hull of the INS Vikrant, India's indigenous aircraft carrier that is under construction, has been built with this steel. The flight deck of the aircraft carrier has been built using a superior quality steel that was also made at the Alloy Steel Plant," a senior defence ministry official said. 

Till now, India has been primarily using Russian-made AB Steel for naval shipbuilding. With India aiming to turn into a 'Builders Navy' from a 'Buyers Navy', the country can't rely solely on imports of steel. The bulk of sensors and weapons systems on the INS Kamorta have also been supplied by Indian companies. 
Besides pricing, one has to consider changes in the global political scenario. A time may come when sanctions are imposed and exports to India are banned by countries that now supply steel for shipbuilding. Employees at GRSE were trained in ASP specially for welding this steel - DMR249A. This quality of steel was first developed in ingot form at the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC), Ranchi as per specifications of the Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory. At Alloy Steel Plant Durgapur, the steel was cast into plates with an aim to build a superior quality steel. It was left to Bhilai Steel Plant to produce plates of 8-16 mm thickness without Quenching and Tempering (Q&T), through controlled rolling. The steel can absorb an impact of 78 Joules at 60 degrees below zero. As temperature reduces, the steel actually becomes tougher. This will enable the ship to sail in as low temperature as in arctic waters if the need arises. 
(Source: Excerpts from TOI)

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Steel Industry News - SAIL's IISCO Steel Plant modernization nears completion

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18-Oct-2013
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) Chairman Mr. C.S. Verma was at SAIL’s IISCO Steel Plant (ISP), Burnpur on 5th Oct’13 to review the progress the modernization and expansion work of ISP which is in the last phase of its modernization (read integrated commissioning). SAIL Expedites Modernization and Expansion of ISP, Burnpur
SAIL ISP (IISCO Steel Plant) is being upgraded and modernized with a total cost of over ₹ 16000 Crores with a target to produce about 2.9 MT of Hot Metal from this steel plant after its modernization. 
Array of SAIL Blast Furnaces
The major facilities include a new 7 meter tall Coke Oven Battery, two new Sinter Machines, a new Blast Furnace of 4060 cubic meter volume with Top Pressure Recovery Turbine, three new 150 ton Basic Oxygen Furnaces, two nos. of 6-strand Billet caster sand one 4-strand Beam Blank / Bloom caster, Universal Section Mill, Wire Rod and Bar Mill with necessary auxiliary and service facilities.
Besides the Coke Ovens Battery, SAIL Chairman also visited the Universal Section Mill, Bar Mill and the BOF (Basic Oxygen Furnace) and CCP sites.   
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SAIL News - DSP achieved record Steel Production

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18-Oct-2013

Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP), a unit of SAIL (Steel Authority of India) - a Maharatna PSU has done it again by clocking the best ever first half (April - Sept) performance in this year since inception of the plant. DSP recorded an an all time high first half as well as yearly production in the previous year.
Congratulating the employees for the stupendous performance, Mr. P. K. Singh, CEO, DSP said, DSP has maintained consistency on improving the performance. The focused strategy and synergy among all departments have played the key role in this achievement. With heightened optimism and collective efforts we will set yet another record in the production in the current year also".
DSP’s record achievement includes the best ever H1 production in vital items - hot metal, crude steel, saleable steel, special steel, caster, saleable steel despatch, blend mix and sinter, registering a substantial growth over the CPLY.

Essar Steel signs MOU with Harsco to become a Zero-Waste discharging company

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5-July-2013

In its stride to become a ‘zero-waste’ discharging company Essar Steel, one of the leading steel makers among private sector steel making companies in India,  has signed an mou for 15 years worth ₹ 960 crore (about $ 160 million)  with Harsco India for recovering iron from slag generated in its furnaces.
"The Agreement is for a period of 15 years valued at $ 160 million over the duration of contract. As per agreement, Harsco will recover iron from slag which can then be reused in steel making," Essar Steel today said in a statement. Moreover, after the metal is recovered, the sized slag can be used as road fill, in road-laying, brick-making, cement mix in construction, among other usages.

Essar Steel generates around one million tonnes of slag annually, which it has been using for making various construction materials till now; but the decision to rope in Harsco India, a leading firm in slag processing and metal recovery, has been taken to eliminate wastage of iron content in the slag.
"This agreement is in line with the objective of Essar Steel to become a "zero-waste" steel making company. We remain committed to the cause of sustainable development," said Rajiv Bhatnagar, Director at the Hazira Facility of Essar Steel India.
Essar Steel with a capacity of 14 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) is a fully integrated company from mining to retail and has strong downstream capability with a global presence in several countries - India, Canada, USA and Indonesia.
On the hand Harsco, headquartered in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, is a diversified, worldwide company with more than 400 locations in 50 countries, are mainly serving to the industries fundamental to global economic progress and infrastructure development. 
 (Source: Business Line)  
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JSW Steel - Achievements and Developments

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5-June-2013

JSW Steel wins prestigious Platts Global Metals Award

JSW Steel Ltd., the flagship company of $11 billion Indian conglomerate JSW Group, has won the prestigious "The Industry Leadership Award" at Platts Global Metals Awards, held recently in London.
Mr Seshagiri Rao, Joint MD, JSW Steel and Group CFO said, "It gives us immense pleasure to get the prestigious Platts Global Metals Award. The company remains committed to the pursuit of challenging targets, safety, environmental protection, transparency, openness and social responsibility in every aspect of business around the world."
The award is given in recognition of achievements mainly in the fields of steel, metals and mining. Platts has ranked the Industry Leadership Award category on five parameters - Financial Results, Innovation, Product Quality, Safety and Strategic Vision. Under Financial Results, it reviews Annual Report, Company Growth figures and projections, Credit rating, Capital assets whereas in Innovation, it checks technology, processes, cost effectiveness and sustainability. On Product Quality aspect, records of reliability based on low percentage of load rejections, consistency of product specifications and timely delivery are some of the parameters which are evaluated while on Strategic Vision, Platts evaluates vision of the company.

Merger of JSW Ispat with JSW Steel

Earlier with effect from 1st June, JSW Steel has completed the merger of JSW Ispat Steel with itself. With the merger JSW Steel has now become the second largest steel producer in India after Steel Authority of India (SAIL) with 14.3 million tones capacity.

JSW Steel has a wide range of products which include pellets, slabs, HR coils/sheets, HR plates, CR coils, galvanized coils/sheets, and colour coated coils/sheets. In fact JSW Steel is one of the principal manufacturers of cold rolled, galvanized, and colour coated steel in India.

WSA: India retained 4th position in World Steel Production with highest growth rate in 2012

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15-April-2013
India retained fourth position in world steel production with an output of 76.7 MT, despite having the highest growth of 4.3 per cent in steel output among top five steel producing nations in 2012.
There was no change in the top three steel producing nations with China, Japan and the US retaining their slots in the respective order in 2012, World Steel Association (WSA) data revealed.
India was world’s fourth largest steel producing nation in 2011 and 2010 as well with a total production of 73.6 MT steel and 69 MT respectively. It had clinched the third spot in 2009, but the US grabbed the slot since 2010.
The World Steel Association (WSA) expects steel demand in India to pick up and rise by 5.9% to 75.8 MT in 2013 following 2.5% growth in 2012.
Meanwhile, WSA said, “World crude steel production reached 1,548 MT for the year 2012, up by 1.2 per cent compared to 2011. This is a record for global crude steel production. The growth came mainly from Asia and North America which recorded a 2.6 and 2.5 per cent increases in 2012 respectively, while crude steel production in the EU and South America decreased in 2012 compared to 2011.”
Country—wise, China produced 716.5 MT, an increase of 3.1 per cent over 2011 and thereby increased its share of world steel output to 46.3 per cent in 2012 from 45.4 per cent in 2011. Japan produced 107.2 MT and South Korea 69.3 MT in 2012.
Production in European Union recorded a 4.7 per cent dip to 169.4 MT. Germany produced 42.7 MT, Italy produced 27.2 MT and France produced 15.6 MT among others.
Output in the CIS also declined by 1.2 per cent to 111.3 MT. Russia produced 68.9 MT.
Annual crude steel production for South America was 46.9 MT in 2012, a decrease of three percent. Brazil produced 34.7 MT, a decline of 1.5 per cent compared to 2011.
“The average capacity utilisation ratio in 2012 was 78.8 per cent compared to 80.7 per cent in 2011,” The World Steel Association (WSA) said.  
(Source: World Steel Association)

World Crude Steel Production in June 2011 - A Comparative Chart

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23-Sept-2011
Global Crude Steel Production
The table contains data of crude steel produced by some major steel producing countries around the world in June, 2011 along with a comparison of steel production for the same period in the previous two years: 

                                         
                                                                    (data presented in ‘x1000’ tonnes of crude steel production)
Steel producing Countries
June’11
June’10
June’09
% Chng May’11/10
Austria
655
636
525
3.0
Belgium
720
710
382
1.5
Czech Republic
481
464
386
3.7
Finland
331
340
262
- 2.8
 France
1368
1457
1109
- 6.1
Germany
3866
3857
2514
0.2
Italy
2619
2273
1705
15.2
Poland
775
660
677
17.5
Romania
340
346
169
- 1.8
Spain
1498
1433
1182
4.5
Netherlands
525
559
328
- 6.0
UK
829
793
813
4.6
European Union (27)
15700
15106
11351
3.9
Norway
50
52
53
- 3.8
Serbia
86
155
45
- 44.7
Turkey
2824
2515
2191
12.3
Other Europe
3058
2792
2351
9.5
 Byelorussia
220
206
205
6.6
Russia
5600
5405
5122
3.6
Ukraine
2970
2515
2304
18.1
Uzbekistan
65
65
64
0.3
C.I.S (6)
9270
8617
8057
7.6
Canada
1110
1032
697
7.5
Cuba
25
25
13
7.5
Mexico
1686
1318
1220
27.9
United States
7213
7090
4364
1.7
North America
10132
9548
6358
6.1
Argentina
470
421
311
11.7
Brazil
2962
2850
1942
3.9
Colombia
116
106
69
8.9
Chile
160
72
80
121.4
Peru
80
77
41
3.5
Venezuela
261
147
281
77.8
South America
4098
3717
2757
10.3
Egypt
576
535
452
7.7
South Africa
550
721
602
- 23.7
Africa
1191
1366
1257
- 12.8
Iran
1050
1000
933
5.0
Saudi Arabia
450
410
442
9.8
Qatar
165
165
125
0.0
Middle East
1665
1575
1500
5.7
China
59932
53569
49309
11.9
India
5960
5554
5431
7.3
Japan
8885
9356
6883
- 5.0
South Korea
5665
4760
3939
19.0
Asia
82062
74851
66796
9.6
Australia
498
616
361
- 19.3
New Zealand
73
72
67
2.2
Oceania
571
688
427
- 17.0
Global crude steel production in May’11  
(64 countries)
127746
118258
100855
8.0
        (Source: worldsteel.org)