At least one person was killed and 15 injured after a major
explosion rocked Bhushan Steel Ltd.s Meramandali facility
in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha, India, Nov. 13.
"An explosion happened
in the slag pit during the trial run of blast furnace No. 2,"
Bhushan Steel said in a filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange
(BSE) Nov. 14.
Rescue operations were
immediately launched and injured people transported to
hospitals at Cuttack and Banarpal.
The company said the
rest of the plant is operating normally.
About 120 workers and
technical personnel were in the vicinity of the blast furnace
at the time of the accident.
3.1-million-tonne-per-year steel plant was commissioned in 2006
and manufactures pig iron, billet, slab and hot-rolled
The company had
announced plans to increase in the plants capacity to 6
million tonnes annually by year-end.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel