A consortium led by Siemens VAI Metals Technologies has received an order from the Government of India-owned National Mineral Development Corp. (NMDC) for supply of a complete LD (BOF) steelmaking plant valued at approximately €290 million. The steel works will be built at Nagarnar in the state of Chhattisgarh as part of an integrated production complex with an annual capacity of approximately 3 million tons of steel. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-2015. NMDC had already ordered a sintering plant from Siemens for the Nagarnar project site.

                The integrated plant in Nagarnar is part of a national program to increase the steel production capacity in India. Siemens will be in charge of the design and turnkey delivery of the steel plant, including two LD (BOF) converters, two 175-ton desulphurization plants (HMDS), two ladle furnaces (LF), and a RH degassing plant. The project scope of supply also includes the material handling systems, primary and secondary dedusting systems, a gas recovery plant and a water treatment plant.

                The project will be executed in collaboration with Indian Siemens VAI Metals Technologies and consortium members SEW Infrastructure and Mukand Engineers, which will be responsible for the civil works, the manufacturing and the erection of the steel structures, as well as for general erection of equipment. Siemens will supply the complete basic (Level 1) and process automation (Level 2). The installation of state-of-the-art automation and process technology, according to Siemens, will allow NMDC to produce high-quality steel at low specific raw material and energy consumption, and will allow the plant to comply with environmental standards in India as well as in Europe.

                NMDC, India’s largest manufacturer and exporter of iron ore, mines approximately 30 million tons of ore each year at locations throughout India.