JSPL had acquired Shadeed Iron and Steel’s 1.5 MTPA gas-based HBI plant at Sohar Industrial Port area, Oman at a cost of US $ 500 million in 2010.
The facility is engineered by world-renowned Kobe Steel (Japan) and Midrex (USA), leaders in the field of direct iron technology. This facility supports the strong demand for steel in the Middle East and North African countries, which has a supply shortfall estimated at more than 12 MT.
In April 2014, the company successfully commissioned its 2 MTPA Integrated Steel Plant (ISP) in Sohar, Oman. The facility, using state-of-art technology from M/s Danielli Italy, is Oman’s first and largest steel melting shop (SMS), and also the third largest unit of Middle East & Gulf Region. Jindal Shadeed has invested over US $ 800 million in this integrated facility.
The SMS was commissioned in record 23 months from the date of commencement of the site work. Earlier, Jindal Shadeed had set up a 1.8 MTPA DRI plant, which has been operating to its full capacity for the last two years.
The new plant, inter alia, comprises of the following features:
- Electric arc furnace (EAF): With nominal capacity of 200 tonnes, this is the largest in Middle East. It has unique feature to directly charge Hot DRI at 6500 C into EAF by gravity and thereby facilitates substantial energy saving. This is the world's first fravity hot DRI feeding system. The furnace is modern and technically superior.
- Ladle furnace: Capacity of the furnace is 200 tonnes. This is one of its kind in Middle East. Liquid steel is treated in the furnace to get desired chemistry and temperature.
- Continuous casting machine: This is a combination of high speed caster to produce billets and blooms in square and round sections. It has 8 strands and is the largest and first of its kind in the world. The nominal capacity of the machine is 2 MTPA. The machine is capable of casting the following range of sections.
a) Square billets ranging from 100 mm to 220 mm.
b) Square blooms up to 350 mm x 350 mm and rectangular blooms up to 350 mm x 380 mm.
c) Round sections from 180 mm to 406 mm.
d) Vacuum degassing furnace: Special steels are processed through the furnace to cater to specific customer needs.