Two Union ministers- Minister for Steel Chadhury Birendra Singh and Minister for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development Dharmendra Pradhan today dedicated the various components of the JSPL Angul steel complex in the eastern state of Odisha. The facilities dedicated to the nation including the largest blast furnace of 4554 cubic metres, the only of its kind coal gasification based DRI unit and a basic oxygen furnace.
“The age has arrived when new technology can be harnessed to generate electricity replacing the convention fuel of coal. The use of gas and methanol has emerged as alternate technologies and JSPL has demonstrated it at their Angul plant. This initiative will have a multiplier effect on the local economy”, Pradhan said.
Companies like Tata, Jindals, Nalco, NTPC and MCL cannot provide direct employment to all but can most certainly create job opportunities through the right ecosystem in place, he added.
The synthesis gas based DRI plant of the Angul steel complex owned by Jindal Steel & Power Ltd (JSPL) will run entirely on indigenous coal supplies. The plant with an annual capacity of two million tonnes per annum and the only of its kind in the world, will overcome the dependence on coking coal.
Naveen Jindal, chairman of JSPL said that the two million tonne per annum (mtpa) DRI Plant at Angul unit is world’s largest syngas-based plant and for the first time a company in India is using coal gasification method for steel making.
“This is for the first time that any company in India is using coal gasification method to make steel. The coal gasification plant has been set up with an investment of Rs 10,000 crore and the technology being used was brought from Germany”, Jindal added.
Speaking at the event, Singh said about 80 per cent of coking coal is imported by India.
“We remain dependent on imports (for coking coal) but Naveen (Jindal) has come out with a plan which can make us reduce this dependence,” he said.
The minister added that the new technology of making steel by coal gasification helps in producing the metal using domestic coal.
The company’s six mtpa plant at Angul is the largest steel manufacturing plant in Odisha, spread across 3,500 acres.
The steel complex has 1.5 mtpa rebar mill, 1.2 mtpa plate mill, 2.3 mtpa billet caster, 1.7 mtpa slab caster and 2.75 mtpa new electric oxygen furnace.
It also has 810 MW capacity power plant for captive use.