Scindia inaugurates silica reduction plant project at SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant’s Dalli mines – ET Infra

Union Minister for Steel and Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia virtually inaugurates the Silica Reduction Plant at Bhilai Steel Plant’s Dalli Mines, from New Delhi, on Friday.

The Union Minister for Steel and Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya M. Scindia virtually inaugurated the Silica Reduction Plant at Steel Authority of India Limited‘s (SAIL) Bhilai Steel Plant‘s Dalli Mines, from New Delhi, on Friday.

Speaking on the occasion, Scindia said India ranks second in the world in steel production and overtook Japan as the world’s 2nd largest producer in 2018. India also ranks 1st in the world in sponge iron production and its crude steel capacity has also increased from 110 MT to 160 MT in the last 9 years, marking a growth of 46 percent, he said and added that, “we are moving forward to achieve the target of 300 MT crude steel production by 2030.”

The minister also said that the government is working fast on the infrastructure, due to which the consumption has increased from 77 MT to 120 MT. Per capita steel consumption, which was 60 kg in 2014 has now reached 87 kg, recording an increase of 50 percent. In line with the vision of Aatmanirbharta, India has now emerged as a net exporter of steel from being a net importer nine years back.

The minister said, “SAIL will be having a prominent role in the journey of India from Amrit Kaal to Shatabdi Kaal”. While inaugurating the plant, he said that it is the only steel plant in the world with the capability to produce the world’s longest single rail of 130 metres. “Presently the plant has a capacity to produce 6 MT crude steel per annum and plans are afoot to increase its capacity to 6.8 MT in the near future,” he added.

  • Published On Jun 24, 2023 at 08:38 AM IST

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