Bhilai: Steel Minister Narendra Singh Tomar today launched a new rail welding complex set up by Steel Authority of IndiaLtd (SAIL) at Bhilai in Chattisgarh at a cost of Rs 263.16 crore.
The new complex, which is part of the SAIL’s arm Bhilai Steel Plant’s (BSP) expansion, has a production capacity of 1.1 million tonnes per annum with latest technology to produce 260 meter-long rail welded panels.
BSP is the sole supplier of rail to the Indian Railways.
“The ongoing modernisation and expansion of BSP would soon be completed and production from this plant would consequently increase,” Tomar said after the launch.
Bhilai Steel Plant’s (BSP) new long rail welding complex, which is a part of BSP’s ambitious 7-mt modernisation programme, was dedicated to the nation by then Minister for Steel and Mines Narendra Singh Tomar.
Minister of State for Steel and Mines Vishnu Deo Sai, SAIL Chairman P K Singh, SAIL Director (Projects & Business Planning) G Vishwakarma, Bhilai Steel Plant CEO S Chandrasekaran Chhattisgarh Minister for Higher Education Prem Prakash Pandey, Steel Secretary Aruna Sundararajan, Durg Collector R Shangeetha, CISF DIG Shikha Gupta and Durg SP Amresh Mishra were also present during the event.
The 1.1-mtpa new rail welding line with state-of-the-art technology is designed to produce 260 m long rail welded panels and is installed at a cost of Rs 263.16 crore. Being one of the largest rail welding complexes in the world, this complex has proven technology for world class rail welding.
It is equipped with modern facilities such as fully automatic Flash Butt Welding Machine to weld rails of 130 metre length, which will be produced from the new Universal Rail Mill, and fully automated long rail handling facility. With state-of-the-art head-hardening facilities of welded joint, welding of head hardened and micro alloyed rails can also be carried out in this new complex.
Presently, 26 m rails from existing Rail & Structural Mill of BSP are being welded in the new Rail Welding Line to produce the 260 m long rails. SAIL’s Bhilai Steel Plant is the sole supplier of world class rails to the Indian Railways upto lengths of 260 metre.
Addressing the Bhilai collective, Tomar said that he was highly impressed with what he saw in Bhilai Steel Plant. “The nation has a lot of expectations from SAIL and the contribution of SAIL towards nation building is increasing by day,” he said.
Expressing confidence in the work progress, the minister said that the ongoing modernisation and expansion of Bhilai Steel Plant would soon be completed and production from the plant would consequently increase. Tomar expressed confidence that SAIL would not stop at the 23 mt capacity after its current Modex programme but would go on to achieve 50 mt capacity by the year 2025.