Odisha will be steel hub of India: Union Minister of Steel
Bhubaneswar: Union Minister for Steel Shri Chaudhary Birender Singh on Saturday said that the innovative coal gasification process created by Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) which is first of its kind initiative in the world that will help Odisha in becoming a steel hub in the days to come.
Singh dedicated four core steel manufacturing units- India’s Largest 4554 m3 Blast Furnace (BF), India’s Most Modern 3 MTPA Basic Oxygen Furnace (BOF), Worlds First & Largest Syngas based 2 MTPA DRI Plant and World’s Largest Coal Gasification Plant (CGP) for Steelmaking based on indigenous coal-of JSPL at Angul on Saturday.
The Union Minister said that out of the target of 300 million tonnes of steel production by 2030, one-third of it will be produced in the eastern state.
Noting India imports about 80 per cent of coking coal worth Rs 20,000 crore, Singh said: “We remain dependent on imports but (JSSPL Chairman) Naveen (Jindal) has come out with a plan which can make us reduce this dependence.”
The Greenfield complex was initially conceived as India’s first and only steel plant to operate on purely swadeshi raw material. Over a period of time, the Angul steel plant has transformed into India’s most resilient steel-manufacturing destination, deploying a judicious mix of Oxygen and Electric steelmaking routes.
The 6 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant at Angul is the largest steel manufacturing plant in the state of Odisha, official sources said.
Inaugurating the key steel manufacturing facilities, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said “The steel industry is going to be a major contributor in employment generation in coming days. JSPL’s adoption of coal gasification as the technology for steel making is a path-breaking initiative.”