Tata Steel has examined coking coal samples from Russia for making metal via the blast furnace route, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer T V Narendran stated. The growth assumes significance within the home metal trade as a fruitful results of the experiment would break the monopoly of Australia in coking coal provide to India.
According to official knowledge, the nation imports about 56 million tonnes (MT) of coking coal value round Rs 72,000 crore. Out of this, about 45 MT is imported from the continent nation alone.
“We have imported some coking coal from Russia. The east coast of Russia is a good source,” Mr Narendran instructed PTI.
The CEO stated this whereas replying to a query associated to the corporate’s contribution to the metal ministry’s ongoing efforts to cut back India’s dependence on choose nations for sourcing of coking coal.
Earlier, the ministry requested the metal makers to get coking coal from Russia and check the uncooked materials at their vegetation and replace on the results of the identical.
Coking coal is a key uncooked materials used for making metal utilizing the blast furnace route, moreover iron ore.
“We support the government’s initiative to look at Russia as a source (of coking coal). It is a good option for us to have, otherwise we are overdependent on Australia,” he stated.
He added that Australia additionally typically has cyclone and climate points. “For many reasons, it is good for us to have more than one option. We have explored and tried out some material.”
Tata Steel produces metal utilizing blast furnace at its 11-MTPA (million tonnes each year) plant at Jamshedpur in Jharkhand and 3-MTPA plant at Kalinganagar in Odisha.
When contacted for particulars with revered to the experiment, a Tata Steel spokesperson stated, “There is no information available at the moment related to it.”
Earlier, Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) Chairman A Okay Chaudhary additionally stated that comparable initiatives had been being undertaken by the state-owned metal maker.
In an interview with PTI, he had stated the home steelmakers rely closely on imported coking coal.
The firm is new locations and distributors for sourcing coking coal from the worldwide market to keep away from dependence on restricted sources, Mr Chaudhary stated.
Besides Australia, a part of coking coal demand can also be met from South Africa, Canada and the US.