Stainless steel producer Viraj Profiles of Tarapur, Maharashtra, India has ordered an AOD converter from Siemens VAI Metals Technologies.

The argon-oxygen decarburization converter will enable the company to expand the stainless steel output required for its rolling mills. The project is scheduled to be completed by mid-2011.

Viraj Profiles is India's largest producer of stainless steel long products. The company is currently implementing a large-scale programme to expand its production capacities.

As part of the programme Siemens VAI already received an order to supply a rolling mill for stainless steel bar and light sections (180kt/y).

The AOD converter will have a capacity of 245kt/y of liquid steel, which will enable Viraj to increase both the volume and efficiency of stainless steel billet and bloom production in Tarapur.

Siemens VAI will be responsible for the engineering of the AOD converter, which will have a tapping weight of 55t.