The Minerals and Metals business unit of Essar Projects Ltd erect, testing and commission equipment for a basic oxygen furnace and continuous casting plant at SAIL Bhilai steel plant in Chhattisgarh. The contract worth Rs85 crore has been awarded by Steel Authority of India Ltd. This order follows a contract awarded by SAIL for its Rourkela plant in Odisha last year.

The basic oxygen furnace would comprise three converters, while the continuous casting plant would comprise four casters—two billet casters, one billet-cum-bloom caster and one beam blank caster.

The project involves erection of equipment of around 47,500 million tonnes be completed within 14 months. The agreement was signed between EPIL and SAIL on March 12.

Meanwhile, the Infrastructure Asset of the company has been awarded with a Rs392-crore order for execution of a hydroelectric project in Sikkim. Himagiri Hydro Energy Ltd is implementing the proposed 300-MW Panan HEP project. The project is expected to complete in two years.

The project consists of a 98m-high concrete gravity dam, two de-silting chambers, about 10km of head race tunnel, a 90m-deep surge shaft and a surface power house to house four 75MW turbines to generate 300MW of electricity. Commenting on the award win Priti Patel, Head-Hydro & Metros, Essar Projects India Ltd, said, “It is a large project and there are specific components which will give us high prequalification and expertise.”

The scope of work envisages river diversion arrangements, concrete gravity dam, underground de-silting chambers, silt flushing tunnel, head race tunnel, underground surge shaft, underground pressure shafts, valve chamber, vertical penstocks, surface power house, and a tail race channel.

The proposed project is the third project for Essar in the hydro power sector—the first two being Pallivasal hydel power Extension Project in Kerala and the 2x30MW Tuirial hydel power project in the north eastern state of Mizoram.

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