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Tata Steel’s Jharia Division commissions state-of-the-art 2 MnTPA Coal Preparation Plant at Jamadoba

Jamadoba, July 15, 2021

In line with its mechanisation and modernisation programme, Tata Steel’s Jharia Division has commissioned a state-of-the-art 2 Million Tonnes Per Annum (MnTPA) Coal Preparation Plant and 400 kilovolt-ampere (kVA) Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) for Main Mechanical Ventilator at Jamadoba Colliery.

These facilities were inaugurated by D B Sundara Ramam, Vice President (Raw Materials), Tata Steel, in the presence of Sanjay Rajoria, General Manager, Jharia Division, Tata Steel, senior officers of the Company and Rashtriya Colliery Mazdoor Sangh (RCMS) union office bearers .

On the occasion, D B Sundara Ramam said: “Introduction of appropriate technology is key to the success of underground mining. At Tata Steel, we leverage our innovation capabilities, technology leadership with focus on safety and sustainability to create long-term value. State-of-the-art beneficiation plant not only addresses issues like productivity, safety and environment but at the same time ensures production of coal at a competitive price.”

Built using cutting-edge technology, the 2 MnTPA Coal Preparation Plant has been transformed from the oldest running washery in Asia (in operation since 1952) to one of the most modern washeries across the globe. The washery is a major upgradation from conventional set-up that packs Dense Media Cyclone circuit for coarse, intermediate circuit for reflux classifier and flotation for fines circuit to improve production efficiency. This is also the first washery in the country with 100% dewatering facility built within its plant, thereby completely eliminating the need for tailing pond, auto sprinklers and dry fog systems.

The giant UPS provides uninterrupted power supply to the 450 horsepower mine fan and automatically changes over during power failure from DVC and keeps it running for 40 minutes, giving enough time for power restoration or change-over to captive supply. This huge battery back-up UPS is the first-of-its-kind in the country for any mine ventilation fan. This set-up will not only enhance the safety and ergonomics within the mines but will also provide a more comfortable environment for the miners to work.

Tata Steel’s Jharia Division has been at the helm of innovation and modernisation since its inception and initiatives like Chair Lift Man Riding System, Cooling plant, Low Capacity and Low Cost Continuous Miner with the haulage system have set benchmarks when it comes to underground mining in the country. Jharia Division has undertaken several initiatives of automation and digitalisation which has helped in improving operational excellence.

 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 $21.1 billion in the financial year ending March 31, 2021.

A Great Place to Work-Certified 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, Best Risk Management Framework & Systems Award (2020) by CNBC TV-18, and Award for Excellence in Financial Reporting FY20 by ICAI, among several others.

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