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Cyrus unveils mega coke oven

Tata Sons chairman Cyrus P. Mistry inaugurated Tata Steel’s new coke oven battery-11 on Monday, whose 88 ovens makes it the largest facility in its Jamshedpur Works.

Commissioned at a production capacity of 0.7mpta, the infrastructure will help the steel major become self-sufficient in coke. The facility meets all environment norms and comprises human and plant safety features, said Tata Steel officials.

Calling it “the last milestone project in the completion of the 3mtpa expansion at Jamshedpur Works”, Mistry said: “This is indeed a proud moment. The project will bring about commercially significant difference to the operations at the company.” He also thanked the Tata Steel team, partners, suppliers and contractors.

Emphasising on safety, he said: “It is an area we need to improve.”

Tata Steel MD T.V. Narendran said it was a challenging project. “I take this opportunity to compliment our team for this successful commissioning. We have a strong track record of successfully implementing large and complex projects,” he said.

Others present on the occasion included TQM and steel business head Anand Sen and Tata Workers’ Union (TWU) president P.N. Singh.

TWU president Singh thanked everyone associated with the project “for completing it safely despite difficulties faced due to site constraints”.

Set up in 1907 as Asia’s first integrated private sector steel company, Tata Steel group is among the top 10 global steel companies with an crude steel capacity of over 29mtpa.

It has operations in 26 countries and a commercial presence in over 50.