The commencement of major project activities of Rourkela Steel Plant’s (RSP) Tonnage Oxygen Plant-III was inaugurated by S.K.Roongta, Chairman of the Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), at the end of February, in a simple ceremony held at the construction site to mark the advent of the wide ranging gas production plant.

Other members of the SAIL Board, as well as several senior executives and employees of the steel plant were also present at the occasion.

The Rourkela Steel Plant the first integrated steel plant in the Public Sector in India and the only one presently where 100% of the slabs rolled are produced through the cost effective and quality centred continuous casting route. RSP is the only plant in SAIL to produce silicon steels for the power sector, high quality pipes for the oil and gas sector and tin plates for the packaging industry.

TOP-III, which will have a capacity of 700 tpd, is being set up to meet the additional requirement of oxygen by 2009, arising due to the installation of coal dust injection technology in existing blast furnaces, and also for meeting the enhanced production levels of crude steel through the introduction of simultaneous blowing. The new oxygen plant will supply high purity gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon, while also incorporating the facility to produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon.