Bhilai: Blast Furnace-8 has recorded its highest ever daily production of 8013 Tonnes of Hot Metal on 5th Nov 2019, surpassing its previous best of 7714 Tonnes on 2nd Nov 2019. With production of 7034 T, 7714 T, 7555 T, 7071 T and 8013 T recorded on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Nov, respectively, BF 8 has recorded average daily production of 7477 Tonnes in the first five days of the current month of Nov 19.
The new and modern Blast Furnace 8 named “Mahamaya” that was blown in on 2nd Feb 2018, had crossed the 7.5 lakh tonne milestone on 29th August 2018 in less than 200 days since daily production began from the furnace.
Production level mark of 5000 T was crossed on 11th Apr’18; the 6000 T mark was crossed on 25th Apr’18 and production level mark of 7000 T was crossed on 09th Jan’19. Mahamaya is also the only large Blast Furnace in SAIL to achieve 7000 T level of daily hot metal production in less than a year of its commissioning. Daily Hot Metal Production from the Plant’s largest blast furnace has risen steadily since then. BF 8 recorded a high of 7575 Tonnes on 21st Feb 2019, a record that was broken on 15th Oct 2019 with Hot Metal Production of 7605 Tonnes.
The cumulative production from BF8 crossed the 1million tonne mark on 18th Oct 2018, i.e. 256 days after its blowing-in. the landmark of 2 million tonne cumulative hot metal production on 1st April 2019. The 3 MT milestone was crossed on 9th Sept 2019. The furnace achieved these three milestones of cumulative production faster than two other furnaces of similar capacity in Rourkela and ISP, Burnpur sister plants.
The Operations and Maintenance personnel of Team Mahamaya have worked with associated depts., and all other agencies engaged with daily production and upkeep of the new and modern furnace, inspite of upstream & downstream constraints.