State owned iron ore miner NMDC plans to build a 3Mt/y integrated steel plant at Nagarnar, Chhattisgarh state central east India.

A consortium consisting of Danieli Corus BV, Danieli Corus India Pvt Ltd, and Tata Projects Ltd signed a contract with NMDC Ltd for the turnkey supply of what will be India’s largest blast furnace. The furnace will have an inner volume of 4506m3 and be equipped with a high-density, high-conductivity plate-cooled lining system. All ancillary equipment will be built in full accordance with Danieli Corus design and will be based on proprietary technology.

At present, the large blast furnaces built in India are in the range of 3800 to 4100m3 inner volume.

For Danieli Corus, this is the fifth order for a greenfield blast furnace in India in recent years. Earlier, furnaces for JSW, JSPL, and BSL were completed, and construction of a 4060m3 blast furnace at the Rourkela Steel Plant operated by the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) is ongoing, also in consortium with Tata Projects Ltd.