Bhilai records highest daily Hot Metal Production

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Bhilai, Feb 18: SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant recorded its highest Hot Metal production of 18,287 Tonnes from its Blast Furnaces on February 17, 2021, surpassing the previous best high of 18,208 Tonne of hot metal produced on January 14, 2021. Production of 18,287 T of hot metal on February 17 is the highest daily hot metal production by any steel plant in SAIL so far.
Director I/c SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant Anirban Dasgupta who visited Blast Furnaces on Thursday to personally congratulate the BF Team and members of associated departments expressed confidence that hot metal production would continue to rise in the days to come. He also conveyed congratulatory messages from Chairman, SAIL Soma Mondal and Director (Technical, Projects & Raw Materials) SAIL Harinand Rai. Present during Dasgupta’s visit to Blast Furnaces were SR Suryawanshi, CGM I/c Iron, Tapas Dasgupta CGM (Blast Furnaces) and other senior officers of the Plant and associated shops of blast furnaces.
Congratulatory messages have poured in from all shops and departments for the superlative performance. Conveying his congratulations to the entire team of Blast Furnaces and those from associated shops and departments, Rajiv Sehgal, ED (Works) expressed confidence that many more milestones would be crossed in the days to come and Team Bhilai would be able to meet the expectations from the Plant. He also emphasised that in BSP, approach is to move forward together as a Team for achieving success and this Team work and Team spirit is the strength of Bhilai Collective. He also told that a lot of new initiatives are being taken up on daily basis for improvement in productivity and efficiency. Congratulating Team BF for the record production, SK Dubey, ED (P&A) said the BF Collective has the right mix of dedication and enthusiasm.
The graph of performance of SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant has been steadily rising in the third quarter of current fiscal year. On January 14, 2021, when the Plant recorded hot metal production of 18,208 T, a ten year old record of 18,182 T made on August 14, 2010 was smashed, also recording highest daily production by any steel plant in SAIL. Now, the bar of performance has been raised higher with the Blast Furnaces recording a new high of 18,287 T on February 17, 2021.
Besides achieving record levels of hot metal production, several interventions have been taken to improve performance of Steel Melting Shop 3, Bar & Rod Mill, SMS 2, Ore Handling Plants, Refractory Materials Plants, Sinter Plants and several other associated shops. Rolling of blooms from SMS 2 to billets in Rail & Structural Mill to enhance availability of billets for Merchant Mill is another initiative that would help meet the rising demand for TMT 32 bars in the market.
On February 11, 2021, the Plant’s Modex unit Steel Melting Shop-3 had recorded highest daily production of 54 heats, surpassing its previous record of 53 heats on February 02, 2021. On February15, 21, SMS-3 recorded longest sequence of 21 heats from its Caster 2 along with record casting of 54 Heats in the day for the second time during the month.
Another Modex unit, Bar & Rod Mill recorded new highs of rolling billets into TMT 32 for three consecutive days. On February 15,2021, BRM rolled 974 billets (1968 Tonnes of TMT 32 bar) as against previous best of 576 billets (1164 T) on February 14, 2021 and 523 billets (1062 T) rolled on February 13, 2021. RMP 3, also a Modex unit too has been setting new records. RMP 3 set a new day record of 1244 T onFebruary 15 surpassing previous best of 1208 T on February 12, 2021. RMP 3 had earlier set new record of 1089 T onFebruary 09,2021, surpassing previous best of 1083 T on March 05, 2020.
The Plant’s Rail Mills have also crossed cumulative 1 Million Tonne mark in annual prime rail production for Fiscal Year 2020-21 on February 17, 2021. The Plant’s new and modern Universal Rail Mill has already surpassed the best ever annual prime rail production of 5,38,190 T achieved in last Fiscal Year 2019-20. This feat has been achieved on February 15 2021, that is, 44 days ahead as compared to last fiscal year.

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