CS Verna, chairman of the Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL), witnessed the start-up of Coke Ovens Battery No 2 at the Durgapur Steel Plant (DSP) in West Bengal, India.

The recently rebuilt ovens are part of a major modernisation and expansion project underway at the plant that will take capacity from a current 1.60Mt to 2.12Mt of saleable steel.

The battery in question accommodates 78 ovens of 23.8 cubic metre volume each and measures 13.59 metres in length by 4.45 metres in height.

Improved recovery of coke oven gas is enabled by a ‘double gas collecting mains’ according to a report by The Times of India, in addition to several other pollution control measures such as leak-proof doors and high pressure water jet cleaners.

While on-site, Verna also visited a wheel and axle plant, a 1Mt capacity medium structural mill, a 750kt bloom/round caster and SAIL's Alloy Steels Plant, which is also located in Durgapur.