SAIL's Barsua Iron Mine resumes its production
Kolkata: After a gap of four years Barsua Iron Mine (BIM) of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) resumes its production. Located in Odisha, Barsua iron mine operates under SAIL's Raw Materials Division (RMD) primarily to supply iron ore to Rourkela and Bokaro Steel Plants, besides other steel plants of SAIL. The mines, with 3.5 million tonne per annum (MTPA) capacity, has resumed its production on May 20.
Resumption of Barsua's production coincidently falls closely with the time of lighting of RSP's Blast Furnace No-1 – Parvati. Rebuilt with state of the art technology the 1710 cubic metre Blast furnace was lighted on May 8. It will produce hot metal up to 1.015 MTPA. Reopening of Barsua mine will supplement the iron ore feed for SAIL steel plants.
SAIL is ramping up the hot metal production, and the enhanced requirement of iron ore will be met by the mines of RMD.
In current fiscal RMD's iron mines in Odisha and Jharkhand are set to produce about 24.50 million tonne of iron ore. Barsua's production will be integral to achieve the target.
Production at Barsua was discontinued from May, 2014 due to certain legal issues. Honourable Supreme Court has disposed the case in favour of SAIL on May 11, 2018, and allowed Barsua Iron Mine to resume production.