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Rourkela Steel Plant ends Year 2021 with string of records and awards



Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP), a unit of Maharatna Company SAIL, emerged stronger from the pandemic blues to post brilliant overall performance in various key areas in the Calendar Year 2021. The Steel Plant produced highest ever 4.37 Million Tonnes (MT) Hot Metal, 3.99 MT Crude Steel and 3.69 MT Saleable Steel in 2021.

RSP also clocked Specific Energy Consumption of 6.02 Giga Calories per tonne of crude steel (Gcal/tcs) in 2021, which is the best figure for any calendar year. 

Besides, RSP also set a string of production records in 2021 with each of the departments excelling in tandem and setting fresh benchmarks. Tiding over the disruption caused by the second wave, the production trends continued to move northwards. The array of records include the best Torpedo lining life of 2584 heats achieved in June, 2021 which is also the best in the country. Best monthly production of 363112 tonnes of Crude Steel and 342000 tonnes of Saleable Steel in March and best monthly Sinter production of 6,53,181 tonnes in July, 2021.

Bolani Ores Mines belonging to Odisha Group of Mines of RSP recorded all time best monthly performance with highest production of 706671 Tonnes of Run of Mines (ROM), 474855 tonnes of Fines and 702016 tonnes of lumps and fines in October, 2021.

The recommencement of rolling form the state-of-the-art New Hot Strip Mill-2 on 31st October, 2021 was a major highlight of the calendar year. The first consignment from the Mill set up with cutting edge technology was flagged off on 28th December, 2021.

Another key feature of the year was the successful visit of the President of India to dedicate the Ispat Post Graduate Institute & Super Specialty Hospital to the Nation. The ultra modern hospital was completed within 2 years in spite of the pandemic. An ICU facility with 100 ventilators was set up in the hospital to provide treatment to COVID patients. An one hundred oxygenated bedded hospital with 50 ventilators namely ‘Ispat Nidan Kendra’ was also set up in quick succession to take care of the increasing number of COVID cases.  

RSP and its employees won a host of awards during the Year 2021. RSP won the prestigious GreenTech Awards in Energy Conservation, Effective Safety Culture, Human Resources and Environment Management. The Steel Plant also won the Grow Care India “Gold Award” for Environment Protection and ENCON Award for Energy Conservation. It also bagged 4 medals including a Gold at the 15th Global Communication Conclave, by PRCI and People First HR Excellence Award-2021in 2 categories for its HR initiatives. Many employees of the Plant also matched the par excellence performance and bagged honours at different events across the globe. While 4 employees from Instrumentation Department won the coveted Vishwakarma Rashtriya Puraskar award in ‘Class A’ given by Union Ministry of Labour and Employment, a team of 3 young executives brought laurels for the country by bagging third place in the Global Management Challenge (GMC) International Finals held at Nizhny Novgorod, Russia from 27th to 29th September, 2021.

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