Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) – a unit of Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) on Friday (18 April) commissioned a ladle furnace, having a cumulative capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum. Commissioning of this third ladle furnace at a cost of Rs 53 crore is a part of DSP’s ongoing modernisation and expansion plan.
Inaugurating the new 125 tons Ladle Furnace, SAIL Chairman CS Verma said: “SAIL Durgapur has gone one level up in production of higher quantities of value added steel, a further step towards meeting ultimate objective – superior customer experience.”
The unit installed in the steel melting shop, meant to enhance its capacity from 1.60 mt of saleable steel to 2.12 mt will also improve its finished component in its product basket from the present 36 per cent to 64 per cent.
Ladle furnace, used to refine crude steel for making value-added steel will increase the productivity and speed up supply of liquid steel to the three existing continuous casters and can feed the upcoming bloom-cum-round caster as well.
The commissioning of the Ladle Furnace at DSP is seen as a major landmark step in the modernisation and expansion drive of SAIL.