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Crude steel production in India is expected to increase from the current 70 million tonnes (Mt) to around 100-110 Mt by 2012-13. Further increase to 180-200 Mt by 2020-2025 is foreseen.

Growth in steel production in India is based on the rich reserves of iron ore, substantial amount of non-coking coal and the increasing availability of natural gas. About 60% iron ore fines are generated during the mining of iron ore and in order to utilise these fines, many pelletising plants are being installed, mainly in Eastern India.

In order to utilise high ash coal, coal gasification is being attempted in conjunction with gas-based DRI production facilities. This is an interesting development, particularly since India is already the largest producer of DRI in the world. Furthermore, many alternative technologies are being considered for using indigenous non-coking coal for the production of hot metal using smelting reduction processes like HIsmelt, Finex and ITmk3. Integrated steel plants in India are installing large blast furnaces with working volumes of over 4000 cubic metres. Simultaneously, major modifications are being made in all integrated steel plants in order to make them globally competitive.

Steel production in India is carried out by utilising a panorama of different processes – induction furnaces, electric arc furnaces and BOFs. DRI, scrap and hot metal from blast furnaces or from Corex units are used in various proportions for steelmaking.

The Conference will focus on the optimisation of iron and steel production by incorporating the latest developments in various processes along with optimisation of operating parameters to achieve high productivity and increased efficiency.

The Exhibition will showcase leading national and international technology and equipment suppliers and will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn about the latest innovations and technical developments in iron and steel production. The event provides unparallelled networking opportunities with global experts, particularly the Indian iron and steel industry.

Steel Tech has made the September seminar in Kolkata an annual event that has been extremely well received by participants due to its business-like approach. Previous events include:

2009 - Alternative Routes for Ironmaking in India
2010 - Ironmaking in Blast Furnaces
2011 - Steelmaking Technology in India

Due to high demand, Steel Tech 2012 will focus on the optimisation of iron and steelmaking operations.

The conference and exhibition will showcase all the latest technological developments in this field and participants will have an opportunity for one-to-one detailed discussions with leading industry experts.