Rourkela: Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the Nation, SAIL’s Modernised & Expanded Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) in a glittering function attended by around one lakh enthusiastic citizens of Rourkela.
The Prime Minster Mr. Modi in his address described Rourkela as the town which has given India the strength of steel. He went on to add that Rourkela Steel Plant plays a key role in the nation’s defence.
The historic occasion on the auspicious ‘Utkal Diwas’ was witnessed by the Governor of Odisha Dr. S.C. Jamir; Chief Minister of the State Shri Naveen Patnaik; Union Minister for Steel & Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar; Union Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State for Steel & Mines Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, Secretary, Steel Sh. Rakesh Singh and Chairman, SAIL Sh. CS Verma, besides other dignitaries and senior officials from SAIL, central and state government.
The modernisation and expansion programme of RSP implemented with an investment of around Rs 12,000 crores would not only more than double the plant’s hot metal capacity from 2.0 to 4.5 million tons per annum (MTPA) but would also usher in a new era of green and high quality steelmaking.
Before the function, the Hon’ble PM visited the new 4.3 m wide Plate Mill installed under this Modernisation and Expansion program and showed keen interest in its operations and capabilities. The mill is designed to produce very high strength plates for strategic sectors like power, renewable energy, shipbuilding, defence, oil & gas etc. and would largely reduce the Nation’s dependence on imports of plates for these key sectors. This new mill would further add to RSP’s reputation as a manufacturer of high quality plates including those which have been used for the construction of the first indigenously built Air Craft Carrier, INS Vikrant.
Besides the new Plate Mill, the new facilities at RSP include, the country’s second largest operating Blast Furnace of 4060 cum volume, a 7 m tall Coke Oven battery with Coke Dry Cooling Plant, a 360 sqm Sinter Plant, a 150 t Basic Oxygen Furnace with combined blowing facility, a RH vacuum degasser and a 2500 mm wide slab caster.
Union Minister for Steel & Mines, Shri Narendra Singh Tomar restated the importance of the steel industry in realizing the dream of Make in India and the crucial role SAIL will play in reaching the Modernisation and Expansion goal of creating 300 MTPA steelmaking capacity in the country. The current program at RSP would provide an apt platform for its further capacity enhancement to 10 MTPA as part of SAIL’s plan to increase its capacity to 50 MTPA.
Chief Minister, Shri Naveen Patnaik commended the contributions of Rourkela Steel Plant in the development of the state of Odisha and reminisced how RSP played a key role in transforming the entire region through its economic and CSR activities. He assured SAIL of all support for its ventures in Odisha.
During the function, the Prime Minister also awarded the PM’s trophy for the best integrated steel plant for the years 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13. SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant, declared winner for the year 2011-12, was the proud recipient of the coveted trophy for a record 11th time.
The function, which began with a welcome address by Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, concluded with a proposal of Vote of Thanks by Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas.