SAIL chairman visits Durgapur Steel Plant to launch rebuilt coke oven battery

Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Chairman Mr. C S Verma visited Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) and Alloy Steel Plant in Durgapur yesterday (December 2). He reached Durgapur yesterday with a team of higher SAIL officials and inspected the ongoing modernization and capacity expansion at DSP.

Production at the Coke Oven Battery No 2 at DSP began yesterday, December 2 (Monday) in the presence of the SAIL Chairman Mr. C S Verma. The rebuilding of the battery is a part of the moderanisation and expansion of DSP — a unit of the Maharatna PSU SAIL.

Presently DSP is going through a phase of capacity enhancement from the present level of 1.60 miilion tonnes (mt) of saleable steel to 2.12 mt at a total cost of Rs 2875.00 crores. Post expansion, DSP is expected to improve the finished component in its products basket from the present level of 36% to 64%.

Rebuilt at a total cost of Rs. 213 crore, the Coke Oven Battery No. 2 at DSP has several advanced technological features leading to both qualitative and quantitative improvements in coke making. The rebuilt Coke Ovens Battery No. 2 has 78 ovens with each oven of volume 23.8 cubic meter (length 13.59 meter and height 4.45 meter). As a special feature, double gas collecting mains has been introduced in the battery to ensure improved recovery of valuable coke oven gas from the battery. Also several advanced pollution control measures, like, leak proof doors, stationary high pressure water jet cleaner have also been incorporated.

Apart from the SAIL Chairman, Mr. C S Verma, also present at the occasion were Mr. S S Mohanty, director (technical), Mr. T S Suresh, director (projects & business planning), Mr. P K Singh, CEO, DSP and other senior officials and employees of the steel plant.

Mr. Verma also visited the Wheel & Axle Plant of DSP, project sites of Bloom-cum-Round Caster and Medium Structural Mill at DSP. Latar he visited the ASP unit as well.

DSP is setting up a one million tonne Medium Structural Mill and a 0.75 million tonne Bloom-Cum-Round Caster. The work for both these projects is going on in full swing. However these new projects which were likely begin production by the end by 2012, has already got delayed. The ground condition suggests that productions at these units will not commence before 2014 end.

SAIL Chairman Mr. Verma held meetings with senior DSP and ASP officials and interacted with a cross section of employees. He also met union representatives in the evening.

Hindustan Steel Employees Union (HSEU) representatives submitted a detailed report to the chairman showing how DSP has been neglected since inception and how the ongoing capacity expansion will not be able to deliver the kind of growth it was projected to give. They also expressed concern over the project delay and demanded immediate settlement of pay revision of SAIL workers which has been due since last 23 months.

In his address to a cross section of executives of both DSP and ASP, the chairman emphasized on the importance of devising systems and streamlining processes to further strengthen the synergy between DSP and ASP. He also urged them to give their best in the ensuing rapid growth phase of SAIL.

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