Essar Steel commissions compact strip production mill at Hazira

Essar Steel today said it has commissioned its compact strip production mill (CSP mill) in Hazira with a capacity of 3.5-MTPA.

This is a key part of Essar Steel’s plans for expanding its steel production capacity at its Hazira complex from 4.6 MTPA to 10 MTPA. The expansion is being done at a cost Rs 13,500-crore, the company said in a statement.

This will be India’s largest flat steel facility at any single location and amongst the ten largest facilities in the world. It will also be one of the few steel facilities which are fully-integrated and will produce the entire range of flat products.

The total investment in Essar’s Hazira steel complex is Rs 30,000-crore.

The plant is capable of producing strips of thickness as low as 0.8 mm, which is the thinnest rolled steel in India. The CSP mill was supplied by SMS Siemag, Germany.

The products from the mill have diverse applications in general engineering, line pipes for hydrocarbon industry, welded tubes, electrical steel, automotive industry and LPG.

The mill is capable of producing high strength steels including dual phase steel, the company said.

As a part of this expansion, Essar Steel has already commissioned two iron making units — a blast furnace with a capacity of 1.73-MTPA and a DRI unit of 1.74-MTPA, a conarc furnace of 2.5-MTPA and a continuous caster of 1.45-MTPA.

The company also recently commissioned India’s first 5-m wide plate mill with a capacity of 1.5-MTPA and a pipe mill with an annual capacity of 0.6-MTPA.

In addition, Essar has also invested in supporting infrastructure at Hazira that includes power plants of 1015 MW at cost of Rs 3,450-crore and a all-weather port of 30-MTPA at a cost of Rs 1,350-crore.

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