As part of its plan to expand its steel production capacity at Hazira, Essar Steel has commissioned its compact strip production mill (CSP mill) with a capacity of 3.50 million tonnes per annum (tpa). The company has already announced its intention to take its capacity at Hazira from 4.6 million tpa to 10 million tpa. The expansion is being done at a cost Rs.13,500 crore.

As part of this expansion, Essar Steel has already commissioned two iron making units — a blast furnace with a capacity of 1.73 million tpa and a DRI unit of 1.74 million tpa, a Conarc furnace of 2.5 million tpa and a continuous caster of 1.45 million tpa. Further, the company also recently commissioned India's first 5-m wide plate mill with a capacity of 1.5 million tpa and a pipe mill with an annual capacity of 0.6 million tpa.

In addition, Essar has also invested in supporting infrastructure at Hazira that include power plants of 1,015 MW at cost of Rs.3,450 crore and a all-weather port of 30 million tpa at a cost of Rs.1,350 crore.

According to the company, this will be India's largest flat steel facility at any single location and amongst the ten largest facilities in the world. It will also be one of the few steel facilities which are fully integrated and will produce the entire range of flat products. The total investment in Essar's Hazira steel complex is Rs.30,000 crore.

The plant is capable of producing strips of thickness as low as 0.8 mm, which is the thinnest rolled steel in India The CSP mill was supplied by SMS Siemag, Germany. The products from the mill have diverse applications in general engineering, line pipes for the hydrocarbon industry, welded tubes, electrical steel, the automotive industry and LPG. The mill is capable of producing high strength steels including Dual Phase steel.

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