FY 2017 has been a year of record-breaking production for Essar Steel India Ltd, Vizag Facility. In the first three quarters of FY 2017, the Beneficiation plant at the Vizag facility achieved a production of 4066.75 KT, which is highest ever in its decade long history. The slurry pipeline’s increased availability positively impacted the beneficiation plant and pellet plant’s production.
In-house R&D peaks
The team’s in-house R&D played a pivotal role in achieving increased plant production. The pellet quality and volume was improved through various in-house modifications to the plant. In addition, external sourcing of fines done apart from NMDC, Kirandul also led to increased volumes and helped improve the pellet quality. The team’s R&D on fuel optimization led to savings of 12.75 Crores.
Safety comes first
These high production figures were achieved without compromising on safety aspects. The Loss Time Injury (LTI) for the Beneficiation plant was 6.71 million hours, 3.12 million hours LTI for the Slurry Pipeline, 8 million hours LTI for the pellet plant and 2.81 million hours for the captive power plant.
Awards and recognition
For its innovative concepts & technologies in implementing best practices to attain excellence in Safety Health and Environmental Management, the Vizag pellet plant received the prestigious CII-Southern Region EHS Excellence Awards 2016. The plant also received with Green Tech Foundation’s Gold Award in the metal and mining sector for outstanding achievement in Environment Management.