Independent Directors of Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd., (RINL)/Visakhapatnam Steel Plant - Swashpawan Singh and H.S. Chahar on Sunday inaugurated the pneumatic tilt drive system of LD Converter-1 and switched on the filling of LD Gasholder which is the final stage of gasholder installation in Steel Melt Shop-2 of 6.3 MTPA expansion project, respectively.

The directors complimented the RINL collective for achieving these two milestones and congratulated the project personnel and suppliers for completion of jobs.

CMD of RINL P.K. Bishnoi congratulated the project collective for completing the jobs and starting the implementation of the commissioning activities.

Director (Projects) AP Chowdhary, speaking on the occasion, said that tilting of converter to blowing position a major event in commissioning the SMS-2 and also the gasholder will be ready for taking gas from news SMS-2. He congratulated SMS Construction, Dastur Co, SMS-SIEMAG consortium partners and the GACL (MICCO) Consortium partners for achieving these milestones. Senior officials of VSP, Dastur Co, GACL and MBL were present on this occasion.

Director (Finance) P. Madhusudan mentioned that with these commissioning activities, works worth Rs.8,500 crore were completed.

The LD Converter was tilted to blowing position soon after commissioning the tilt drive system. Mr. Fred Freiberg, General Site Manager, SMS-SIEMAG, explained that as per the procedure, LD converters were erected in inverted position and after completion of the erection and alignment of the vessel, the converter is tilted to blowing/operating position for further works like relining, shield fixing etc.

Design, engineering, supply, erection and commissioning of two LD converters had been ordered on the consortium of SMS SEIMAG, Germany, SMS India Private Limited, Gurgaon, Bridge & Roof Co. Ltd, Kolkata and BHEL, Bangalore. Senior officials of VSP, Dastur Co, SMS-SIEMAG and Bridge & Roof Co. Ltd were present on this occasion.

The gasholder is a huge structural tank with an approximate diameter of 54 m and 52 m height, having a floating piston arrangement, with a capacity of 80,000 cum.

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