SAIL's Bhilai plant registers 42% growth in 260-m prime rails production
SAIL's Bhilai Steel Plant has registered 42% growth in 260-metre rail panel production and overall 30% growth in prime rails production in FY 2019-20 over FY 2018-19
April 02, 2020
Maintaining its thrust on meeting Indian Railway’s requirement of 260-metre long rail panels, Steel Authority of India's (SAIL
) Bhilai Steel Plant
(BSP) has recorded a remarkable growth of 42 percent in the production of prime 260-metre long rail panels in FY 2019-20 over FY 2018-19. During the same period, a substantial growth of 30 percent has also been achieved in the overall production of prime rails.
SAIL's Chairman Anil Kumar Chaudhary said, "SAIL is committed to fulfilling the requirements of the Indian Railways. SAIL and Indian Railways share a synergy of more than 60 years which has been moving India swiftly on railways. We are continuously ramping up our production of rails, especially the long rails to cater to the requirements of Indian Railways." The 260-metre rail panels provide the significant advantage of a lesser number of welded joints in the tracks thereby improving safety and increasing speed.
SAIL's Bhilai Plant has been producing world-class rails for the Indian Railways for more than six decades from its Rail & Structural Mill (RSM) and the new and modern Universal Rail Mill (URM) that has been rolling out the world’s longest 130-metre rail as a single piece. Both RSM and URM supply UTS 90 prime rails in length up to 260 metres to Indian Railways, BSP said in a statement.
The cumulative production of UTS 90 prime rails from the new state-of-the-art Universal Rail Mill (URM) in FY 2019-20 has been 5.38 lakh tonnes, clocking a whopping 46 percent growth over the figure of 3.69 lakh tonnes in FY 2018-19. The cumulative production of UTS 90 prime rails from Rail & Structural Mill in FY 2019-20 has been 7.47 lakh tonnes, registering an astounding growth of 21 percent over the figure of 6.16 lakh tonnes by RSM over the corresponding period of the last year (CPLY).
With the combined efforts of both the Rail & Structural Mill and Universal Rail Mill teams, the graph of production of rails had been steadily rising in 2019-20.
The plant ended fiscal 2019-20 with a cumulative production of 12.85 lakh tonnes of UTS 90 prime rails, thereby registering an impressive growth of 30 percent over the volume of prime UTS 90 rails produced over CPLY. In 2018-19, the plant had produced 9.85 lakh tonnes of UTS 90 prime rails.
Significantly, the portion of 260-metre panel rails in total production of UTS 90 prime rails in 2019-20 has also risen to 52 percent from 48 percent in 2018-19. The cumulative production of long rails in fiscal 2019-20 has been 6.66 lakh tonnes as against 4.68 lakh tonnes over CPLY, resulting in a whopping growth of 42 percent.