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Mon, 10th Aug 2015 (Source:The Hindu)
Construction of the first phase of the proposed six million tonne per annum (mtpa) capacity steel plant has already been completed. In the first phase, Tata Steel will produce 3 mtpa hot-rolled steel from the Kalinganagar facility which is company’s second steel mill after 10 mtpa capacity plant at Jamshedpur.
“We have already started heating of coke oven plant from May 19. Gradually, we will set other mechanical processes in motion. The sequencing of activities is likely to be completed within next three to four months,” said Rajiv Kumar, Vice-President (operation) of Kalinganagar project.
The plant built with very advanced engineering, and modern technology is coming up on 3,000 acres here, which is about 100 km from Bhubaneswar. The plant has one of the India’s largest blast furnaces of 4,330 cubic meters with on-site power generation through gas discharged by coke oven and blast furnace. The company has already invested nearly Rs.22,000 crore out of Rs.25,000 crore estimated for installing three mtpa capacity in the first phase. The steel major will invest another Rs.15,000 crore in the second phase to achieve 6 mtpa capacity steel production by 2019.