New Delhi: Steel Authority of India’s (SAIL) Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) has surpassed a historic milestone of 100 million tonnes (MT) Hot Metal production on July 5. This announcement has been made by Plant in an official press release on Tuesday. With this achievement, SAIL has entered the elite club of the steel industries with such a distinction.
According to the Plant, the last 50 MT of Hot Metal production was achieved in only 18 years. Moreover, the last 10 million tons of hot metal was tapped in a matter of 2 years 8 months, while the last one year witnessed 4.3 MT of Hot Metal even with two furnace operation for few months, which conveys the resilience and very high level of commitment in the RSP collective.
The journey that had commenced on February 3, 1959, with the then President of India Dr Rajendra Prasad commissioning the first Blast Furnace ‘Parvati,’ has today entered a higher orbit. In the last more than 62 years, RSP has consistently reinforced its commitment by providing one of the strongest metals available on planet Earth for use in every aspect of life and living, right from household items to infrastructure and defence applications.
RSP’s CEO Dipak Chattaraj visited the Blast Furnaces department in the morning along with top management of the Plant, to congratulate the collective for the remarkable achievement. A miniature of the 100 MT monument was unveiled and a ceremonial cake was cut at the BF-5 Control Room, to commemorate the occasion. Thereafter, a helium inflated balloon with the greetings message of 100 MT Hot Metal production was also floated from the administrative building of the plant, in presence of senior officers, representatives of Trade Unions and Executive Association.
Congratulating Chattaraj and the entire team for this achievement, SAIL’s Chairperson Soma Mondal said, “The milestone has been crossed with the help of efforts put in by thousands of people who have contributed directly and indirectly to the growth of the steel plant which had come up in the remote part of the state of Odisha more than 60 years back. Today, the steel plant and the city of Rourkela are vibrant and brimming with confidence to reach greater heights.”
Applauding the historic feat, Chattaraj extended hearty congratulations to the RSP collective and exhorted them to achieve 4.5 MT of Hot Metal production in the current fiscal. The CEO has expressed sincere thanks to all stakeholders of RSP including the Central and State Govt agencies, SAIL Corporate Office and other units of SAIL, the local business and industry communities, suppliers, customers, contract workers, members of the media and the supporting population for being with RSP all along its journey. The CEO has also expressed gratitude to Hon’ble Union Minister of PNG & Steel and Chairman, SAIL, for their guidance and support all the time.
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