Wednesday, 4 January, 2012
Rourkela (Odisha), Jan 3 (PTI) Blazing a trail of success, Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) registered the best ever Hot Metal and Crude Steel production in the month of December 2011, official sources said. The Steel plant produced 2,08,012 tons of Hot Metal and 1,96,027 tons of Crude Steel during the month which are the best ever figures for any month since inception, they said. During the month the Blast Furnaces made 7,376 tons of Hot metal on December 20 thereby creating a new record for any single day, and quickly broke it on December 25 by producing 7,388 tons of Hot Metal. Similarly the highest ever production of Crude Steel for any single day of 7,326 tons was registered on December 20. More than 100 percent APP (Annual Production Plan) was fulfilled in the production of Sinter, Hot Metal, Crude Steel, Plate Mill Plates, HR Coil for Sale and HR Plates. The performance on the Techno-economics front too was equally impressive. Best ever Coke Rate of 523 kg per Ton of Hot Metal was recorded during the month, while Specific Energy Consumption of 6.76 Giga Calorie per ton of Crude Steel was also the lowest ever. This superb achievement in December bolstered the performance of the Plant in the first three Quarters of the current fiscal. During April-December the Steel Plant registered a growth of 1.7 per cent in the production of Saleable Steel over the corresponding period last year. In the production of various Value added products like Plate Mill plates, HR Plates, ERW Pipes, Galvanized Sheets and ET Plates, growth of 3.1 per cent, 3.9 per cent, 20.3 per cent, 6.3 per cent and 34.6 per cent was recorded respectively over the corresponding period of last year. In 2011, for the sixth consecutive year Rourkela Steel Plant surpassed the 2 Million tonne mark in the production of Hot Metal and Crude Steel for any Calendar year. The highest ever production of saleable steel of 2.05 MT was also recorded for any calendar year in the year just gone by.