PS starts coke production locally

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Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation (PSMC) has successfully started to utilise coke , obtained from a by-product coke Breeze, for steel making. Pakistan Steel, which is currently facing the problem of raw material shortage, has planned to find new possibilities to run its operation properly.

Under these efforts PSMC engineers, following the directives of acting CEO Wasif Mehmood, have successfully made arrangements to produce coke from coke breeze, as import of Coke was not visible for Pakistan Steel due to financial crunch. PS engineers have produced 25mm coke from coke breeze and now the local produced Coke is being used for Steel making.

This will help save about Rs 100 million per day, as this coke will be used as fuel in blast furnace. The acting CEO has also approved this substitute planning and strategy presented by the well-experienced engineers of Pakistan Steel to use locally produced coke.

A team of senior engineers and skilled workers including APEO Production Chaudry Masud, DCE COBP Naseer Ahmed, AGM Inlant Transport Mohammad Iqbal, Incharge IMD Mohammad Hussain and Incharge Process Auto Transport Deptt Ejaz Ali and other Engineers, has worked on this project and successfully achieved the task giving by acting CEO.

This experiment not only opened new avenues to meet the requirement of raw materials on self-reliance basis but also providing an earning of about Rs 100 million per day , said Wasif Mehmood. In the past this process was never adopted. In this way, Pakistan Steel will generate sufficient Coke as about 0. 15 million tons Coke Breeze stock are lying in PSMC yard, he added.

According to Pak Steel Price list the Coke Breeze price is about Rs 21,000 per ton, while the coke used in Blast Furnace cost Rs 42,000 per ton. Currently, Pakistan Steel producing about 300 tons Coke daily, this is sufficient and higher than requirement of corporation. With the utilisation of local produced Coke 450 tons of Hot Iron is being produced daily. CEO Pakistan Steel appreciated the efforts of all team members and engineers, who make possible to produce coke locally.

Courtesy: Business Recorder

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