The Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) has crossed yet another milestone in its ongoing expansion and modernisation plan with the erection of lower tower structure for the Blast Furnace (BF) 8.
The BF 8 project is an important component of the 7 Million Tonne (MT) modernisation & expansion plan of the BSP—the flagship entity of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) The contract for installation of BF 8 had been awarded to a consortium of M/s. Paul Wurth, Italia (PWIT), M/s. Paul Wurth, India (PWIN) & M/s L&T.
A BSP spokesperson said that the project had made good progress. The new blast furnace being installed will be the biggest blast furnace not only in the BSP but also in the SAIL, the spokesperson added. The modernization and expansion plan will of BSP will cost about Rs 17,200 crore to the SAIL.
BSP is having useful volume of 4,060 m3 and capacity of producing 8,030 tonnes of hot metal per day and 2.8 million tonnes per annum. BF 8 has modern design and state of the art environment-friendly and energy-efficient technology including top recovery turbine, waste heat recovery system and other energy-efficient and pollution control equipment.
It is worth mentioning that the first major milestone in the project for installation of BF 8 was crossed on July 31, 2011 with the completion of the mass-concreting of the third and final layer of the Furnace Proper Foundation, marking the completion of civil work for BF 8.. The second major milestone in SAIL-Bhilai’s important project for installation of the modern Blast Furnace No 8 in Bhilai Steel Plant was crossed with the completion of mass concreting of Stoves Foundation.
Another major milestone in the project was crossed with the inauguration of erection activity of Furnace Shell in February 2012.
The Furnace shell will be of 45 metre height and shall consist of 23 special steel rings (made of Material Grade Q 345) of thickness varying from 40 to 120 mm. Material for the Shell up to 5th ring has been supplied by M/s. Paul Wurth, Italia.