Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Chairman C. S. Verma on Tuesday inaugurated the Rs. 805-crore blast furnace-2 upgradation project of Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) on his maiden visit to Bokaro.

Blast Furnace-2 is the first unit to be commissioned under BSL's current phase of expansion and modernisation and is part of SAIL's growth plan to take hot metal production capacity to 23.5 million tonnes by 2012-13. BSL Managing Director V. K. Srivastava and SAIL Director (Technical) V. K. Gulhati were present on the occasion.

Paul Wurth in consortium with Larsen & Toubro has carried out the job of the main upgradation package and cast house defuming system package.

As part of BSL's expansion and modernisation plan, a new cold rolling mill complex of 1.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity is coming up by December 2011 along with other auxiliary facilities. Mr. Verma called for timely completion of the other modernisation and expansion projects while fully leveraging the new facilities for the progress and growth of the company.