New Delhi: NMDC lights up the second largest blast furnace in the country at the NMDC Steel Plant in Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
Amitava Mukherjee, CMD (Additional Charge) held the historic torch towards Steel in the presence of Senior Management of NMDC and NSL - Dilip Kumar Mohanty, Director (Production); Vishwanath Suresh, Director (Commercial); Vinay Kumar, Director (Technical); B Vishwanath, Chief Vigilance Office and other stakeholders.
Commissioning of the “Maa Danteshwari” Blast Furnace marked a crucial step towards the Plant’s operational readiness. The Blast Furnace operations commenced after the initial loading of 1700 T Coke, 985 T Sinter, 270 T Iron Ore and 245 T Fluxes.
Mukherjee said, “The Steel Plant will produce HR Coils, Sheets, Plates and Hot Metal while operating on a zero-discharge concept. It houses one of the most energy-efficient and environment-friendly technologies to produce Steel.
I congratulate Team NSL for this exceptional display of caliber and character in completing this task.” He appreciated the collective efforts put in by the team of NSL, MECON and acknowledged the support extended by SAIL, RINL, JSW, JSPL and all stakeholders in achieving this historic milestone.
The 4,506 m3 Blast Furnace at Nagarnar is designed to produce 9,500 tonnes of Hot Metal (molten metal) per day. The furnace has been designed and built by TATA Projects Limited along with the technology supplier Danieli Corus BV from Netherlands, with state-of-the-art facilities. MECON Limited has played a key consultancy role and ensured the project’s successful execution.
The Iron and Steel Plant being built by NMDC is a modern sophisticated 3 MTPA capacity Integrated Steel Plant, with a compact layout utilizing only 1800 acres of land, at a sanctioned cost of Rs 23,840 crores. NMDC Iron and Steel Plant was demerged from NMDC Limited to NMDC Steel Limited in October 2022.