Bhilai Steel Plant (BSP), a unit of the state-run Steel Authority of India
Limited (SAIL) based in Chhattisgarh, achieved a national record for the
consecutive casting of heats of rail steel in any caster, just one day before
its foundation day.
A remarkable total of 315 heats were
continuously cast from the bloom caster, establishing a new milestone for the
longest sequence length in any caster in India, as announced by a spokesperson
from BSP. The previous record of 309 heats was held by SAIL?s Rourkela Steel
The accomplishment took place at BSP's
Steel Melting Shop 2, where cast blooms are produced from bloom casters and
subsequently rolled into rails at the Rail and Structural Mill. SAIL-BSP serves
as the primary supplier of world-class rails for Indian railways, with lengths
reaching up to 260 meters.
The achievement was a collaborative effort,
with various departments such as instrumentation, PPC, RED, BF, WMD, T&D,
and RCL, in addition to SMS-II collective, contributing to the success.
Notably, SAIL-Bhilai Steel Plant has played
a significant role in national infrastructure and defense projects. The plant
supplied approximately 15,900 tonnes of steel for the recently inaugurated
Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, India?s longest sea bridge. Out of the 16,300 tonnes
supplied by SAIL, BSP contributed 15,883 tonnes, comprising 13,803 tonnes of
the desired grade and dimension of TMT bars and 2,079 tonnes of the desired
grade of steel plates for construction from 2019 to 2023