Tata Steel BSL trades LD slag to Bangladesh for cement production
By: Asia Business Outlook Team | Monday, 08 November 2021
Tata Steel BSL has exported 9 thousand t (KT) of LD slag of through Dhamra Port Company Limited to the Bangladesh market from its unit located in Dhenkanal district of Odisha. This endeavour is another milestone in the firm’s operations as it marks India’s first export of LD slag to Bangladesh.
Cemcoa Limited, a Hong Kong based trade house and an existing buyer of Tata Steel BSL, has shown keen interest in the market development of LD Slag in the cement-making process in Bangladesh and aided the export. A test and trial of LD slag has already been done in the concerned
plant in Bangladesh. The proposed plan is to export 100 KT of LD slag per annum.
Chief Operating Officer of Tata Steel BSL said that the firm has always looked at operational and market facing innovations by creating value out of its by-products as part of its quest to a sustainable future. With a customer-centric approach, this is one of the series of interventions the company is doing to supplement its product portfolio and explore newer markets.
LD (Linz-Donawitz) slag is a by-product in the steel making process and Tata Steel BSL at present generates approximately 1 million t per annum. In alliance with its customers, the steel major has developed 0 – 6 mm size slag range, for applications in slag cement, GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag) and clinker making.
As part of its sustainable operations of by-products, Tata Steel BSL has been supplying LD slag to brick makers around the plant, for national highway work, for hard surfacing and low land area filling, for cement companies in Odisha and West Bengal, and distributors in coastal Odisha for use in highway and brick work. To take the journey forward, it is also working to develop counterweight for auto and HEMM (heavy earth moving machinery) sections and agriculture. The company has also achieved 100% recycling of fly ash, LD slag and blast furnace slag.