SMS group has been chosen by Jindal Stainless Limited to build a new blast furnace at their Kalinganagar unit in India. The blast furnace will have a production capacity of two million tons of hot metal per year. The plant will serve both existing downstream steelmaking facilities, as well as future ones.
The contract for the equipment, to be designated Blast Furnace Number 1, was signed between SMS group company Paul Wurth and Jindal United Steel Limited (JUSL) in November 2021. The scope of agreed work includes the blast furnace, hot blast stoves, a dry gas cleaning plant, a pulverized coal injection, and an INBA® slag granulation plant, to be supplied on an Engineering and Procurement basis.
This blast furnace will be the first in the JUSL’s new stainless steel complex, which is currently based on electric arc furnace technology. The new blast furnace will be the core of JUSL’s Kalinganagar plant expansion. With an inner volume of 2,307 m3, the furnace will be equipped with modern copper and cast iron staves, two tap holes with complete TMT machines, and a 46 m3 MIDI central feed Bell-Less Top (BLT).
Furthermore, several auxiliary plants will be installed, including internal combustion stoves incorporating all the latest efficiency improvements, a fully dry gas cleaning system (axial cyclone and bag filter) – the first such installation by the SMS group for a blast furnace application in India – and an INBA® slag granulation plant based on cold water technology.