India's Rashtriya Ispat Nigam (RINL) has successfully
commissioned a 2.5 million tpy blast furnace at its
Visakhapatnam Steel Plant in the southern Indian state of
Andhra Pradesh, the company said.
The blast furnace will take the company's hot metal capacity to
6.5 million tpy, from 4 million tpy. The blowing-in of the
newly built furnace. The first tapping of hot metal from the
blast furnace was carried out on Monday 30 May, RINL said.
The new blast furnace, with a volume of 3,800 cubic metres, is
among the largest in the country. Along with auxiliary
facilities, it was commissioned at a cost of Rs38 billion
The total cost of RINL's brownfield expansion is Rs125 billion.
New casters have already been commissioned while trial runs of
the LD Converter [steel melt shop] are currently in progress.
It will be commissioned in May.
The commissioning of the remaining facilities will likely be
carried out progressively during the current financial
The new mills to be commissioned include a 600,000 tpy wire rod
mill, which can boost production to 770,000 tpy when required.
Apart from that, RINL's new special bar mill will have capacity
of about 750,000 tpy of plain rounds in straight length and
coil forms. The bar sizes will be in the range of 16-40mm.
The mill can be operated at 900,000 tpy capacity after a minor
de-bottlenecking as and when the demand for the product
increases, the company said. It will roll medium and high
carbon steel, case hardening steel, cold heading quality steel,
electrode steel, spring steel, bearing steel and free cutting
RINL's structural mill, when commissioned, will produce about
700,000 tpy of light structurals in straight lengths. It will
be able to produce a wide range of products apart from
structurals, including plain rounds, rebars, and semis.
The structural mill has been provisioned to ramp up production
to 850,000 tpy, and will roll constructional steel conforming
to standards of structural products, the company said.
RINL is also modernising and upgrading its two operational
blast furnaces, which will increase the hot metal production
capacity by 1 million tpy.
The company will further add one converter, one caster and one
seamless tube mill in addition to revamping and modernising its
existing sinter plant and melt shop to match the hot metal
production, which will increase to 7.3 million tpy of liquid
The units are likely to be commissioned progressively by 2014.
RINL has already conceived plans for its second phase of
expansion to around 11.5 million tpy of liquid steel, which
will involve an outlay of over Rs220 billion.
Dasturco, RINL's engineering consultant, has prepared a
feasibility report which envisages flat products like hot
rolled coil and special steels like those of cold rolled
grain-oriented and cold rolled non grain-oriented grades to be
produced by the company.
RINL's board is in the process of finalising the second phase
of expansion, which, if approved, will mark the company's entry
into the flat products segment. It currently manufactures only