Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), the largest state-owned steel making company headquartered in New Delhi, initiated the hot trial of the new state of the art 1.2 MTPA (million tonne per annum) Universal Rail Mill (URM) from its flagship entity, the Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP).
About new state of the art URM:
Indian Railway’s requirement of 260 metre rail panels will be met by the BSP’s new mill by welding two 130 metre rail pieces at the new Rail Welding Line. It will also supply longer rails upto length of 520 metre.
It is BSP’s 7 Million Tonne (MT) modernisation and expansion programme which is equipped with online head hardening facility to meet the Railway’s requirement of head hardened rails.
- Capacity of reheating furnace – 230 tonne/hour (modern, fully automated and energy efficient)
- Type of furnace – Walking Beam
- Outlay – Rs 1,300 crore
About Bhilai Steel Plant:
Founded in 1955, it is located in Bhilai, Chhattisgarh. It was set up with the help of the USSR. It is India’s first and main producer of steel rails.
- It is the sole supplier of the country’s longest rail tracks, which measure 260 metres (850 ft).
- It is the largest and most profitable production facility.
- It is also the 11 time winner of the Prime Minister’s Trophy for best integrated steel plant in the country.