Tata Steel‘s greenfield steel plant at Kalinganagar achieved a major milestone with hot metal production crossing two million tonne mark on February 19, 2017. Located in Odisha’s Jajpur district, the plant has one of the largest operating blast furnaces in the country with a capacity of 4,330 cubic metres. The blast furnace, which was blown in on February 28, 2016, achieved the first million tonne of hot metal production on October 9, 2016. For Tata Steel Kalinganagar, it took about 133 days to reach two million tonne production from one million tonne. Incidentally, the second million tonne was achieved at a production rate of 7,520 tonnes per day, which is at an operating rate of 2.8 million tonne per annum. Soon after start of commercial production in May 2016, the state-of-the-art steel plant has crossed a number of operational milestones. It has also started exports of hot rolled coils (HRC) and Tata Ferroshots to various countries. A new product launched by Tata Steel from its plant at Kalinganagar in March 2016, Tata Ferroshots mainly consists of granulated pig iron solidified by cooling in water.
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