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Post upgradation, RSP Blast Furnace-I surpasses 3 MT hot metal production



            The Blast Furnace-I Parvati of Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) that was re-commissioned after upgradation on May 9, 2018, has surpassed the 3 Million Tonnes (MT) mark in hot metal production on March 21.

RSP Director In-Charge Atanu Bhowmick visited the Department and congratulated the larger Blast Furnace collective on this commendable performance.

Bhowmick appreciated the collective effort of the Department and the support of associated Departments for the success. He encouraged all to work consistently and recreate new records with utmost safety so as to keep the flag of RSP fly high.

Notably, the upgarded Blast Furnace-I and its peripheral facilities are designed to achieve average hot metal production of 2900 Ton per day. Post upgradation, it achieved hot metal production of 1 million tonnes on October 13, 2019 and 2 million tonnes on February 3, 2020. However, the production from the furnace had to be throttled for a month due to COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

The upgraded Blast Furnace-I has several new and modern facilities including the free standing design of the furnace supported by 4-poster columns, flat cast houses with hot metal and slag runners suitable for higher hot metal production, new probes with temperature sensors,  3 Hot blast system of Mushroom dome design with  Waste Gas heat recovery system for recovering heat from the waste gases, new tuyere stock assemblies with double expansion joints, tuyere cooler suitable for 1200 Degree Centigarde Hot Blast Temperature, closed loop cooling system with soft water, cast house de-fuming system etc that have played a key role in enhancing the production capacity of the furnace.

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