Steel Minister inaugurates Universal Rail Mill at Bhilai Steel Plant, flags off First Rake

Rs 1200-crore Universal Rail Mill inaugurated in Bhilai Steel Plant. Mill to boost BSL’s output capacity to 2.0 MTPA
Public sector utility Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) has begun commercial production of the world’s longest single rail from the newly inaugurated Universal Rail Mill (URM) at the company’s Bhillai steel plant. Each single rail will extend to 130 metres.

BHILAI: SAIL’s Rs 1,200-crore Universal Rail Mill (URM) will take Bhilai Steel Plant’s total capacity to produce rails at 2.0 MTPA,which will be the largest rail production capacity in anysingle location for a plant world over.

Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh inaugurated the new Universal Rail Mill at Steel Authority of India Ltd’s (SAIL) Bhilai Steel Plant today and flagged off the first rake from the new mill, a press release said.

With this,SAIL has begun the commercial production of world’s longest single rail of 130 meters from the new Universal Rail Mill (URM).

:Hon’ble Union Minister of Steel Shri Birender Singh ji flagged off the first rake of Long Rails from the modern Universal Rail Mill at SAIL Bhilai Steel Plant in presence of Chairman SAIL Shri P K Singh and other dignitaries

Singh congratulated SAIL collective for commencing production from URM and said that, “it is a huge step towards the Make in India initiative, where the country is pioneering in production of such quality products.

The country needs to be self sufficient in meeting its specific requirements and products like the longest rails will solidify industry confidence.

Chairman, SAIL, P.K. Singh in the Sinter Plant-III and the MODEX sites of Steel Melting Shop–III, Bar & Rod Mill and Universal Rail Mill reviewing the progress of the projects besides reviewing the production and operational areas of the Bhilai Steel Plant.

“The state-of-the-art URM, established at a cost of about Rs 1200 crore will now take BSP’s total capacity to produce rails at 2.0 million tonnes per annum (MTPA),which will be the largest rail production capacity in any single location for a plant world over.

Alongside the URM, which is part of the plant’s modernisation and expansion programme (MEP),a long rail welding complex had also been set with proven technology for world class rail welding.

The complex is equipped with fully automated flash butt welding machine to weld rail panels of 260-metre length and fully automated long rail handling facility.

The URM complex would equip SAIL to meet Indian railways’ specific demand of 260 metre rails as the new mill is capable of producing 260 metre long rail with a single weld and also has the provision to supply welded panels up to 520 metre length in future. A press statement from SAIL noted, “The rails rolled from this new URM will enable SAIL to produce rails with improved surface quality, less residual stress and improved straightness.”

This URM complex would equip SAIL to meet Indian Railways’specific demand of 260 metre rails as the new mill is capable of producing 260 metre long rail with a single weld and also has the provision to supply welded panels up to 520 metre length in future.

The rails rolled from this new URM will enable SAIL to produce rails with improved surface quality, less residual stress and improved straightness.

Speaking at the occasion SAIL Chairman, PK Singh said that, “This URM complex with the latest technology will empower SAIL to meet the specific needs of Indian railways with greater efficiency and finesse.

In the challenging market scenario, we expect to offer better solutions for specialised needs of our valued customers.

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