Siemens VAI Metals Technologies received a major order from SAIL (Steel Authority of India Limited) for the supply of four long-product casters to be installed at its Bhilai steel plant. The project includes basic and detail engineering as well as the equipment for two 6-strand billet casters, one 6-strand billet/bloom combi-caster and one 3-strand beam-blank caster. The two billet casters will produce rebar and high-quality steels, which will include forging-quality, high-carbon, cold-heading, spring-steel, electrode-quality and alloyed construction-steel grades.

The project is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2011. The new casters are part of a modernization and 7-million-ton/year steel-capacity expansion project under way at Bhilai.