“First Steel Recycling Plant in India”

End of July this year, Tata Steel – a globally active steel producer belonging to the Indian Tata Group – has announced that the company would soon commission its steel recycling plant being set-up in Rohak in the Indian state of Haryana. Some days before, the first raw material consignment of ferrous scrap for trials had taken place.

According to Tata Steel, the new facility is the first in India. The scrap processing plant will have a capacity of 500,000 tons per annum. The Build, Own and Operate (BOO) partner is Indian M/s Aarti Green Tech Ltd, a subsidiary of M/s Aarti Steels Ltd. “It is the first such facility in India, equipped with state-of-the-art scrap processing equipment such as shredder, baler, material handler, and so on,” the company underlined. The material would be procured from various market segments, for example, end-of-life vehicle scrap, obsolete household scrap, construction and demolition scrap, and industrial scrap. “This scrap would be processed through mechanized equipment, and the high-quality processed scrap would be supplied to Electric Arc Furnaces (EAFs), Induction Furnaces (IFs) & Foundries for downstream steel making, satiating their long-standing demand,” the steel producer described the future use of the secondary raw material.

Green step towards sustainable steel production
As emphasized by the company, Steel Recycling Business is a definitive green step by Tata Steel towards sustainable steel production and ecosystem. “The steel produced through the recycled route entails lower carbon emissions, lower resource consumption, and lower energy utilization.” Furthermore, in India, the National Steel Policy envisages a steel production of 300 million tons per year by the financial year 2030; to reach this goal, steel recycling would play a pivotal role.

“Steel Recycling through the Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) route is a global trend, and going forward it would become imperative for India’s sustainable growth aspirations,” Yogesh Bedi, Chief of Steel Recycling Business at Tata Steel, was quoted. The recycling business “is yet another pioneering initiative from Tata Steel to enable circular economy and a sustainable tomorrow.”

As reported, the initiative aims to provide the much-needed raw material fillip to the steel industry by making available quality processed ferrous scrap, streamlining the currently unorganized scrap supply chain, lowering the dependency on imports, and enhancing the transparency and efficiency in the entire value chain.


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