sail has accumulated a massive 42 million tonnes of sub-grade ore

sail has accumulated a massive 42 million tonnes of sub-grade ore

With sub-grade iron ore fines inventory piling up, state-owned Steel Authority of India (SAIL) is looking to set up a beneficiation plant to consume the ore generated by its mines in future. As on March 31, 2021, the company is sitting on total 42.60 milliontonnesub-grade iron ore fines and has been able to sell a meager 0.40 milliontonneduring the year.

Sub-grade iron ore fines sold outside of mining leased area attracts royalty for the seller making the dispatch costly. Due to this, instead of selling outside, it makes more sense (for the company) to set up a beneficiation plant in the mining lease area and consume it in-house. In the mining industry, beneficiation is any process that improves the economic value of the ore, which results in ahigher gradeproduct (ore concentrate) and a waste stream (tailings).

SAILs sub-grade ore inventory has grown to this size over several years now. Use of low iron content of these fines is unsuitable for consumption in the steel plants of the company. At the same time, Government notification dated September 2012 prevented all captive miners (including SAIL) from selling these fines in the market.

Though the plan to set up the beneficiation plant is in the offing, the company has chalked out a detailed plan to sell the existing inventory considering the significant volume. The management has made a detailed assessment of volumes that are expected to be sold within 12 months from end of FY21 and has accordingly classified as non-current.

Indias beneficiation industry is about 70-80 milliontonnewith most units in Odisha. Usually, iron ore of 55-58 grade ferrous content are used for beneficiation. Any ore grade below 55-fe though can be beneficiated works out to be expensive and in turn is economically unviable.

pradhan lays foundation stone for ore beneficiation unit in rajhara

pradhan lays foundation stone for ore beneficiation unit in rajhara

Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan visited the Bhilai Steel Plantss iron ore mines at Rajhara on his second day of Bhilai visit. He was accompanied by Chairman, SAIL, Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Director (Commercial) Soma Mondal, Director (Personnel) Atul Srivastava, Director (Proj and Business Planning) and CEO, BSP Anirban Dasgupta, ED (Mines and Rowghat) Manas Biswas and other senior officers. The Minister laid the foundation stone for Ore Beneficiation Plant at the iron ore premises of Rajhara, which will augment the quality of iron ore supplied to the plant. He also visited various mines sites of Rajhara and saw the technical and mining process of ore extraction. He planted sapling at the Saptagiri Park at Rajhara. The minister also met the tribal students adopted by BSP at the BSPs tribal student hostel at Rajhara and also interacted with them. It may be mentioned that these tribal students are provided with free of cost education, boarding, lodging and provided all study materials. Pradhan also met nursing students sponsored by SAIL-BSP. Every year twenty girls from tribal region of Rowghat and Rajhara are adopted under BSPs CSR activities for BSc Nursing at Bhilai Nursing College. The Union minister also met the students and teachers of the English medium school run by the SAIL-BSP and DAV at Antagarh in Rowghat region. Apart from this, he also witnessed and praised the exhibition put up by BSP of the CSR activities undertaken by the plant at Rajhara, its peripheral areas and at Rowghat. He also took stock of the CSR activities underway at the mines and also met and discussed with the representatives of workers unions of the mines. Ore Beneficiation plant will enhance quality of iron ore supplied to plant by reducing silica content and gauge material from iron ore procured from Dalli mines.

He was accompanied by Chairman, SAIL, Anil Kumar Chaudhary, Director (Commercial) Soma Mondal, Director (Personnel) Atul Srivastava, Director (Proj and Business Planning) and CEO, BSP Anirban Dasgupta, ED (Mines and Rowghat) Manas Biswas and other senior officers.

The minister also met the tribal students adopted by BSP at the BSPs tribal student hostel at Rajhara and also interacted with them. It may be mentioned that these tribal students are provided with free of cost education, boarding, lodging and provided all study materials.

Pradhan also met nursing students sponsored by SAIL-BSP. Every year twenty girls from tribal region of Rowghat and Rajhara are adopted under BSPs CSR activities for BSc Nursing at Bhilai Nursing College.

Apart from this, he also witnessed and praised the exhibition put up by BSP of the CSR activities undertaken by the plant at Rajhara, its peripheral areas and at Rowghat. He also took stock of the CSR activities underway at the mines and also met and discussed with the representatives of workers unions of the mines.

dharmendra pradhan lays foundation stone for ore beneficiation unit in rajhara | indian bureaucracy is an exclusive news portal

dharmendra pradhan lays foundation stone for ore beneficiation unit in rajhara | indian bureaucracy is an exclusive news portal

PIB News Update:Union Minister for Steeland Petroleum &Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan visited the Rajharamines of Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP) today on the second day of his Bhilai visit. He was accompanied by Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) Shri Anil Kumar Chaudhary and other senior officials of SAILand BSP.

The minister laid the foundation stone for Ore Benficiation Plant at the iron ore premises of Rajhara, which will augment the quality of iron ore supplied to the Plant. He also visited various mines sites of Rajhara and saw the technical and mining process of ore extraction. He planted sapling at the Saptagiri Park at Rajhara.

Shri Pradhan met the tribal students adopted by BSP at the BSPs tribal student hostel and interacted with them. He also met twenty nursing students sponsored by SAIL-BSP. Every year twenty girls from tribal region of Rowghat and Rajhara are adopted under BSPs CSR activities for nurses training. It may be mentioned that these tribal students are provided with free of cost education, boarding &lodging and provided all study materials.

The Minister also met the students and teachers of the English medium school run by the Plant and DAV in the Antagarh region. Apart from this, he also witnessed and praised the exhibition put by BSP of the CSR activities undertaken by the Plant at Rajhara, its peripheral areas and at Rowghat.Shri Pradhan also took stock of the CSR activities underway at the Mines and also met and discussed with the representatives of workers unions of the Mines.

bhilai steel plant - infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

bhilai steel plant - infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core

The Bhilai Steel Plant, located in Bhilai, in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is India's first and main producer of steel rails, as well as a major producer of wide steel plates and other steel products. The plant also produces and markets various chemical by-products from its coke ovens and coal chemical plant. It was set up with the help of the USSR in 1955.[1]

The eleven-time winner of the Prime Minister's Trophy for best integrated steel plant in the country, Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), has been India's sole producer of rails and heavy steel plates and major producer of structural steel. The plant is the sole supplier of the country's longest rail tracks, which measure 260 metres (850ft). The plant also produces products such as wire rods and merchant products. Bhilai Steel Plant has been the flagship integrated steel plant unit of the Public Sector steel company, the Steel Authority of India Limited and is its largest and most profitable production facility. It is the flagship plant of SAIL, contributing the largest percentage of profit.[2]

The governments of India and the USSR entered into an agreement, signed in New Delhi on 2 March 1955, for the establishment of an integrated iron and steel works at Bhilai with an initial capacity of one million tons of steel ingot.

The main consideration for choosing Bhilai was the availability of iron ore at Dalli Rajhara, about 100km from the site; limestone from Nandini, about 25km from the plant, and dolomite at Hirri, about 140km away. The plant was commissioned with the inauguration of the first blast furnace by then president of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, on 4 February 1959. The plant was expanded to 2.5 million tons in September 1967 and a further expansion to 4 MT was completed in 1988. The main focus in the 4 MT stage was the continuous casting unit and the plate mill, a new technology in steel casting and shaping in India.[3].....

Bhilai Steel Plant functions as a unit of SAIL, with corporate offices in New Delhi. Over the years, Bhilai Steel Plant developed an organizational culture that forces its commitment to values and stimulates continuous improvements and higher levels of performance. The chief executive officer (currently S.Chandrasekharan) controls operations of the plant, township and iron mines. The CEO is assisted by his DROs[clarification needed], i.e. the functional heads, executive directors, general Manager concept of zonal heads, and HODs who integrate functions with clear accountability for achieving corporate vision, company goals and objectives.

Projects in progress include a new compressed air station, oxygen plant, new installations to support power requirements and ore handling capacities expansion. Presently, the total requirement of iron ore of Bhilai Steel Plant is met from Dalli Rajhara Iron Ore Complex (IOC). In view of IOC's rapidly depleting reserves, BSP is opening an iron ore mine at Rowghat, about 80 kilometres (50mi) from Dalli Rajhara in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. Accordingly, Bhilai Steel Plant will develop the mine in Block-A of Deposit-F of Rowghat with a production capacity of 14.0 MT per year during 2011-12. For environmental reasons, the beneficiation plant shall be of dry circuit type. However, the grant of forest clearance under Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980 is still pending.[4]

The Bhilai steel plant has developed steel for one of the Railways' most challenging projects, construction of the 345km (214mi) railway line between Jammu and Baramulla at an investment of 19,000 crore (US$2.8billion). BSP has also developed a special grade of TMT rebars for use in the high altitude tunnel inside the Banihal Pass. BSP had also developed the special soft iron magnetic plates for the prestigious India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) project of the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). It has also developed special grade high-tensile (DMR249A) steel for building India's first indigenously built anti-submarine warfare corvette, INS Kamorta[5]

BSP has taken measures in the areas of waste management, resource utilisation and pollution control and has initiated several waste reduction programmes. Besides reducing greenhouse gas output, BSP is replacing the ozone-depleting CTC, aided by UNDP. BSP has earned Voluntary Emission Reduction (VER), (a sort of carbon credit) for two of its projects. Abiding by Corporate Responsibility for Environment Protection (CREP) guidelines and monitoring, it has taken steps to "check fugitive emissions from Coke Ovens and has installed Air cooled self sealing doors resulting in significant reduction in door emissions"[citation needed] The plant has introduced a de-dusting system, electrostatic precipitators and a coal dust injection system in the blast furnaces and in other units.

On June 12, 2014, a gas leak in Bhilai Steel Plant killed six people, including two senior officials. Over 50 people were affected by the accident. A breakdown in a water pump house caused a leak of the poisonous gas carbon monoxide, which infiltrated the premises due to pressure differences along the purification chamber lines.[6]

Among the dead were two deputy general managers, while the injured included Central Industrial Security Force personnel as well as workers and officials of the public-sector plant. The leak started at around 6:10pm IST.

raw material shortage: respite for bhilai steel plant - the hindu businessline

raw material shortage: respite for bhilai steel plant - the hindu businessline

Bhilai plant, which currently needs 9.5 mt of iron ore a year, is facing dual problem of captive sourcing iron ore -- dwindling of reserves at its Dalli-Rajhara mine in Chhattisgarh as also lack of progress in developing Raoghat deposit in the State.

According to SAIL sources, the proposed allocation of a block within unexplored Eklama iron ore complex area will help BSP tide over the iron ore linkage problem for a few years before the Raoghat asset could be made operational. Eklama complex is expected to yield high-grade hematitic iron ore. Geological studies have discovered 39 ore occurrences with a total 200 mt and of a grade containing 65 per cent Fe.

Last week, SAIL signed an MoU with Chhattisgarh Mineral Development Corporation Ltd (CMDC), a Chhattisgarh state public sector undertaking for jointlly developing Eklama iron ore deposit, located some 85 km from Bhilai. The deposit is located in Kabirdham district of the State.

A joint venture is proposed to be formed between CMDC and SAIL for the purpose. SAIL has also undertaken to carry out developmental and welfare activities for the neighbouring areas of Kabirdham and Rajnandgaon districts.

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