Nagarnar Steel Plant scripts History

The 3 million tonne per annum capacity steel plant has been built at a cost of approximately Rs. 24000 crores.

Nagarnar Steel Plant scripts History

Nagarnar: In what is being described in steel circles as unprecedented, Nagarnar Steel Plant has today achieved the feat of producing its final product - HR Coil - 9 days after the production of Hot Metal. Coming as it does from a mining major with no prior experience of steel making, the feat is nothing less than astounding.

An elated Shri Amitava Mukherjee, Acting CMD and Director Finance of NMDC who along with other functional directors of the company arrived for the event, expressed satisfaction in fulfilling NMDC’s commitment to Bastar, “For over 6 decades we had been playing a pivotal role in the domestic steel market as a supplier of quality iron ore.

With today's development we emerge as the newest entrant in the domestic steel market and have put Bastar on the steel map.

NMDC joins the coveted league of Indian steel makers. This is the fulfilment of a dream that the local community of Bastar had long looked forward to. It gives me immense pleasure to have fulfilled our commitment to make their dream a reality."

On 12th August, Shri Mukherjee had blown in Nagarnar Steel Plants' blast furnace and set the ball rolling for the final commissioning. It may be mentioned that the pace of commissioning had gathered momentum in the recent past under Shri Mukherjee’s leadership and the Board had been constantly visiting Nagarnar to sort out bottlenecks and motivate the team towards their goal and highlighting the significance of adherence to safety norms.

Industry veterans remarked that it is a rare feat to commission three critical units in the hot zone - Blast Furnace, Steel Melting Shop and the Mills (Thin Slab Caster – Hot Strip Mill) - in such a short period of time. Shri Mukherjee commended the solid support of all stakeholders that helped the Project gain pace, “Even as we faced innumerable challenges, over the years we have been fortunate to have been supported at every stage by the Central and State governments, the Steel Ministry, the steel industry, other CPSEs, technological providers, the local community, the media and all stakeholders. We would not have reached our goal without their strong support.”

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Showering encomiums on Shri K Praveen Kumar, Executive Director and In-charge of Nagarnar Steel Plant project and his team Shri Mukherjee said, "The smooth commissioning of several critical units in the past few days which culminated in production of HR Coil from iron ore mined in Bastar is a testimony to the commitment and dedicated hard work of the team led by Shri K Praveen Kumar who galvanized the small band of professionals into a powerful force that delivered timely results."

The 3 million tonne per annum capacity steel plant has been built at a cost of approximately Rs. 24000 crores. The Plant is set to establish its mark in the Hot Rolled market with its repertoire of high grade Hot Rolled steel that is slated to meet the requirements of several key consuming sectors on the strength of its technology that includes its most modern Mill. Nagarnar Steel Plant’s competitive advantage also stems from its iron ore supply linkage with Bailadila mines, barely 100 kms. from Nagarnar.

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The product mix of Nagarnar Steel Plant consists of low carbon steel, HSLA & Dual Phase Steel and API quality steel that can be rolled in to thickness range from 1mm to 16 mm. With its capability to roll 1650mm wide HR, the Thin Slab caster at Nagarnar Steel Plant is the widest Mill in the public sector.

HR Coils, Sheets and Plates coming off India’s latest and most modern mill are expected to meet the growing demand for quality HR required in the manufacture of LPG cylinders, bridges, steel structures, ships, large diameter pipes, storage tanks, boilers, railway wagons and pressure vessels and in construction of tanks, railway cars, bicycle frames, engineering and military equipment and automobile and truck wheels, frames and body parts.

The plant will also be producing special type of steels to be used in manufacture of generators, motors, transformers and automobiles at a later stage.

Today’s historic event unfolded in the presence of Shri K Praveen Kumar, Executive Director & Head of Nagarnar Steel Plant, Shri Sanjay Kumar Verma, Director (Comm.) & Addl. Charge Director (Technical) of MECON, Shri Neeraj Kumar, Executive Director MECON, senior officials and trade union representatives.

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