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Bhushan Steel plant blast in India kills one, injures 15

Keywords: Tags  steel, Bhushan Steel, slag pit, plant explosion, pig iron, billet, slab, hot-rolled coil Jagdish Kumar

MUMBAI, India — 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.

The 3.1-million-tonne-per-year steel plant was commissioned in 2006 and manufactures pig iron, billet, slab and hot-rolled coil.

The company had announced plans to increase in the plant’s capacity to 6 million tonnes annually by year-end.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.

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