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Tata Steel inaugurates the Long Pipe Conveyor to drive productivity at West Bokaro

Jamshedpur, December 30, 2020

In its endeavour to continually improve technology and drive productivity, Tata Steel has installed a state-of-the-art Long Pipe Conveyor (LPC) at its opencast coal mines at West Bokaro Division. The facility was virtually inaugurated today by T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel. A number of Company officials, including Vice Presidents, joined the inaugural ceremony.

Congratulating the entire team for a well-executed project, T. V. Narendran, CEO & MD, Tata Steel, said: "Implementation of best-in-class technologies and sustainable practices are critical success factors for mining operations. The Long Pipe Conveyor would improve the productivity and help in reducing the environmental footprint in coal logistics, significantly.

In addition to the growth of technology in West Bokaro, the 4-km LPC project is an ambitious project of the Company. Doing away with the 61-year-old mono cable and bi-cable ropeway system, LPC is a state-of-the-art technology that reiterates Tata Steel’s commitment to safety and environment friendly sustainable mining practices.

LPC will bring coal and by-products from the washeries to the Chainpur railway siding replacing the existing ropeway transportation system. The conveyor is driven by controlled start transmission drives, comprising a steel cord belt with fire resistant properties. Maintenance staff and all necessary equipment will be borne by two maintenance trolleys atop the conveyor. This pipe conveyor will not only have zero spillage, but will also be noiseless and improve productivity in the West Bokaro Division.

The single unit can handle both coal and by-product grades and can carry 1200 tonnes per hour, making it much cheaper and safer than road transport and ropeway transport. The enclosed structure will ensure there is no degradation of materials along the way.

About Tata Steel

Tata Steel group is among the top global steel companies with an annual crude steel capacity of 34 million tonnes per annum. It is one of the world's most geographically-diversified steel producers, with operations and commercial presence across the world. The group (excluding SEA operations) recorded a consolidated turnover of US $19.7 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2020.

A Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM organisation, Tata Steel Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, associates and joint ventures, is spread across five continents with an employee base of over 65,000.

Tata Steel has been a part of the DJSI Emerging Markets Index since 2012 and has been consistently ranked amongst top 5 steel companies in the DJSI Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 2016. Besides being a member of ResponsibleSteelTM and worldsteel’s Climate Action Programme, Tata Steel has won several awards and recognitions including the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse recognition for its Kalinganagar Plant - a first in India, and Prime Minister’s Trophy for the best performing integrated steel plant for 2016-17. The Company, ranked as India’s most valuable Metals & Mining brand by Brand Finance, received the ‘Honourable Mention’ at the National CSR Awards 2019, Steel Sustainability Champion 2019 by worldsteel, CII Greenco Star Performer Award 2019, ‘Most Ethical Company’ award 2020 from Ethisphere Institute, and Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, among several others.

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Kulvin Suri

Chief, Corporate Communications-India & SEA

Tata Steel