Siemens VAI Metals Technologies received an order from Jindal Steel & Power Ltd. for the supply of a new single-strand slab caster to be built at Angul in the Indian state of Orissa. Start-up is scheduled for September 2011. The slab caster will be part of an integrated production facility currently under construction at the Angul site, where an annual steel output of about 6 million metric tons is planned. The nominal capacity of the caster will be about 1.5 million metric tons per year with steel grades ranging from ultra-low- to high-carbon steels as well as micro- and low-alloyed grades.

Production will initially concentrate on slabs for pipeline and plate applications, which will be rolled in a new Siemens 5-meter-wide plate mill that is currently under construction. Slabs will be cast at thicknesses of 200, 260 and 300 mm and in widths from 1,000-2,300 mm. Cut slab lengths will range from 4.5-12 meters. Jindal Steel & Power is the third-largest steel manufacturing company in India.