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Jindal Steel & Power Limited Chooses GE Power Conversion to Triple Output of Steel Plants in India to Meet Growing Domestic Demand
Jul 22, 2014
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  • AC motors and drives from GE Power Conversion will support one Steckel mill to produce steel plates more efficiently and deliver higher finished steel quality
  • GE Power Conversion’s technology installed at Jindal Steel & Power Plant Limited’s Raigarh plant to boost production in order to support the  company’s ambitious growth strategy and meet India’s growing domestic demand for steel
  • GE Power Conversion will improve utilization of the plant, increase reliability of the machine and extend its overall lifespan

Chhattisgarh, India –  22July, 2014 – GE’s Power Conversion business (NYSE:GE) announced today that Jindal Steel & Power Limited (JSPL) has chosen GE Power Conversion’s AC motors and drives to upgrade the steckel mill at its Raigarh Steel Plant, Chhattisgarh, India. The upgrade will boost production at the facility in line with JSPL’s plans to more than triple the steel-making capacity at its Raigarh plant from three million tonnes per annum (mpta) to 10mpta by 2020. The increase in production will help meet the anticipated 4.5 per cent rise in domestic demand for steel in India between now and 2015, even as new Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes plans for a series of ambitious, large scale infrastructure projects that will push India’s industrial base to new heights.

JSPL, the flagship company of the O.P. Jindal Group, is the largest integrated stainless steel manufacturing company in India and is the eighth largest manufacturer of stainless steel in the world. The Raigarh plant currently produces 3MTPA of steel and its Steckel mill, which manufacturers steel plates via a hot rolling method, produces 60% of this. The plates, which are of 1500 – 3000mm in width and 8-120mm in thickness, has option for making HR Coils of width up to 1500mm and thickness ranges of 8-22mm. They will be used for various applications, such as railway wagons, ship building, infrastructure, wind mill, defense equipment and industrial pressure vessels by JSPLs customers. The company selected GE Power Conversion to provide an upgraded electrical system for its Steckel mill by replacing its current 3MW DC Machine with a 5.6MW AC Motors & Drives Solution. .

The upgrade will improve the productivity of the mill by increasing the machine’s output and improving the quality of its finished steel through a more effective hot-rolling process. Working closely on-site with JSPL employees, GE Power Conversion will supply and install water-cooled medium voltage 3.3 kV MV7000 series drives that will allow the company to customize the speed and flexibility of the mill, and shift its output to meet capacity demand. The installation of 5600 kW 60/150rpm motors with GE ‘pin vent’ technology will aid air flow and avoid winding hot-spots, extending both the efficiency of the motor and the product’s overall lifespan.

“Domestic demand for steel in India is rising and we want to seize that opportunity and contribute to our nation’s growth.” said Mr. V R Sharma Dy, MD & CEO, Steel Business, JSPL. “As we execute plans to expand production at the Raigarh plant, it is best-in-class technology like the drives and motors supplied by GE Power Conversion that will help achieve our ambitions. Our mill can now produce more steel at a higher quality, and it will require less maintenance in the long-term.”  

Renjith Nair, India Sales Director (Industry), GE Power Conversion, comments: “It’s an exciting time for Indian manufacturing and there is huge potential for growth across the sector. However, to maximize production it is vital that companies make the right investments in technology to optimize their systems and keep up with national steel demand. JSPL has huge plans for the future across the region and internationally, and GE is proud to support them on this journey.”

About GE Power Conversion

GE’s Power Conversion business applies the science and systems of power conversion to help drive the electrification of the world’s energy infrastructure by designing and delivering advanced motor, drive and control technologies that evolve today’s industrial processes for a cleaner, more productive future. Serving specialized sectors such as energy, marine, oil and gas, renewables and industry, through customized solutions and advanced technologies, GE Power Conversion partners with customers to maximize efficiency. To learn more, please visit: www.gepowerconversion.com.

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Paul Floren, GE

Power Conversion, Global Communication Leader

+33 1 53 59 28 44

+33 6 20 71 14 21

paul.floren@ge.com

Wenlin Jin, GE

Power Conversion, External Affairs

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+33 6 10 13 02 53

wenlin.jin@ge.com

 

 

 

 

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