Muscat: Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel recently started hot trials of its state-of-the-art steel melting shop at the first and the largest integrated steel plant in Oman. Naveen Jindal, chairman of the company, inaugurated the hot trials.
The first heat for the hot trial at its Sohar plant was made in the electric arc furnace and processed through ladle refining furnace and then it was cast in continuous casting machine to 160mm Sq. section.
This is an unparalleled achievement as full heat is seldom cast during first trial itself. The top brass of Jindal Steel and Power Limited (JSPL) group, namely Naveen Jiindal, chairman; Ravi Uppal, managing director and chief executive officer; V. R. Sharma, DMD and chief executive officer (Steel Business); N. A. Ansari, chief executive officer (Jindal Shadeed); Rajesh Bhatia, chief executive officer (Global Venture); D. K. Saraogi, ED I/C- Jindal Steel and Power Limited-Angul, among others were present at hot trials.
Thus, it is an accomplishment for Jindal Shadeed to conduct hot trials in steel melting shop within 27 months of finalisation of order by Danieli and within 23 months of the start of piling work. The technology is supplied by world renowned technology supplier, Danieli, Italy.
The nominal capacity of electric arc furnace is 200 tonnes. This is the largest in the Middle East. It has a unique feature to directly charge hot DRI at 6,500C into EAF by gravity and thereby facilitates substantial energy saving. This is the world's first gravity hot DRI feeding system. The furnace is most modern and technically superior.
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The ladle furnace capacity is 200 tonnes. This is one its kind in the Middle East. Liquid steel is treated in the furnace to get desired chemistry and temperature.
Continuous casting machine is a high-speed caster to produce billets and blooms in square and round sections. It has eight strands and is the largest and first of its kind in the world.
The nominal capacity of the machine is 2 million tonnes per year. The machine is capable of casting the following range of sections.