SAIL to raise capacity of Rourkela Steel Plant, Orrisa

2 February 2015

SAIL has decided to ramp up capacity of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) to 10.8 million tonne (mt) by 2025 from the present 4.5 mt. 

This was stated by steel and mines minister Narendra Singh Tomar during his maiden visit to the plant on Sunday. The expansion will be done in two phases, he added. RSP has already operationalized the new integrated steelmaking facilities under the ongoing modernization and expansion programme. 

With commencement of country's second biggest Blast furnace 'Durga' in August 2013, RSP more than doubled its hot metal capacity from a level of 2 mt to 4.5 mt. Mr Tomar was accompanied by Chairman SAIL, CS Verma, and joint secretary, steel, Sunil Barthwal among others. The minister inaugurated the rolling facilities of the new 4300 mm wide state-of-the-art Plate Mill. 

The new facility is one of the widest plate mills in the country with latest features enabling it to roll plates of very high strength. The mill includes advanced features like computerized control system for Plan View Rolling (PVR) process to maximize yield and high capacity levellers with hydraulic control to produce distortion free plates. The mill has a capacity of 1 mt with provision for expansion.