RINL to seek green nod for expansion on June 15
Plan to make the plant one of the best in country
A public hearing will be held on the expansion of capacity and augmentation of various facilities of the Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited, corporate entity of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, at a cost ₹9,440 crore here on June 15.
The Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board, which issued the notification on Saturday, said the public could express opinion at the hearing at the Trishna grounds of Ukkunagaram, the VSP Township.
The RINL has already completed the expansion from three to 6.3 million tonne with an investment of ₹12,300 crore through internal accruals.
It would be expanded to 7.3 million tonne through capital repairs of blast furnaces and other critical facilities at a cost of ₹4,000 crore.
Blast furnace operation performance will be enhanced through pulverised coal injection to enable blowing large volumes. A senior official told The Hindu that capital repairs were undertaken as part of the modernisation project for capacity addition to make the plant one of the best in the country.
Revamping of rebar mill will cost ₹431 crore. Construction of a new coke oven battery will be taken up at ₹2,858 crore.
Revamping of continuous casting department will cost ₹633 crore. Coke oven battery-I revamping will involve an expenditure of ₹945 crore.
Turbo blower-5 will be installed for the captive power plant at a cost of ₹280 crore. As the capacity of the Kanithi Balancing Reservoir which meets the water requirements of the VSP and the Ukkunagaram Township is not enough once the plant achieves 7.3 million tonne capacity, the KBR-2 construction is envisaged at a cost of ₹466 crore. Revamping of electro static precipitator will cost ₹100 crore.
The official said they were expecting no criticism as the modernisation and expansion work would not involve fresh land acquisition or displacement of any kind.