Two-Digit Million Euro Order from the Steel Authority of India: Siemens Supplies Power Distribution Equipment for Expansion of the Bokaro Steelworks

Linz, Austria, (PresseBox) - The Industry Solutions Division of Siemens Ltd. India, Mumbai, has received an order from the Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL) to supply power distribution equipment for the Bokaro steelworks. Valued at 1,756 million Indian rupees (around 28 million euros), the turnkey high-voltage power distribution system is part of a comprehensive project to expand and modernize the plant. At the beginning of 2008, Siemens VAI had already been engaged by SAIL to supply the key components for a new cold rolling mill at exactly the same location.

The Steel Authority of India is the largest steel producer in the country. At present, the Bokaro facility in the Indian federal state of Jharkand is being expanded and modernized with an investment volume of 110 billion Indian rupees (approx. 1.8 billion euros). In order to adapt electrical power generation to the growing demand, the power distribution system is to be enlarged. Simultaneously, the power capacity of the captive power plant will be augmented to 590 MW.

For this purpose, Siemens is supplying the complete turnkey high-voltage distribution equipment. The scope of supplies and services includes the design, supply and installation of 220 kilovolt and 132 kilovolt switchyards connected by 26 kilometer-long transmission lines. It also encompasses plant-wide substation automation system. Moreover, Siemens is responsible for testing and commissioning all the systems.

The aim of the Bokaro steelworks expansion plan is to increase hot metal production from 4.5 million metric tons to 7.44 million metric tons and crude steel production from 4.36 million metric tons to 7 million metric tons. As a result, the amount of salable steel products is set to grow from 3.78 million metric tons to 6.53 metric tons. To this end, the steelworks will be augmented with a new steel melt shop with an annual capacity of 3.8 million metric tons and a new cold rolling mill equipped by Siemens VAI for the production of 1.8 million metric tons of high-quality flat products per year. The project is scheduled to be commissioned by 2011-12.

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Siemens Ltd is the flagship listed company in India. Siemens in India, which comprises 19 legal entities, is a leading provider of industry and infrastructure solutions with a business volume aggregating about Rs. 11,000 crores. It operates in the core business segments of Energy, Industry, Transportation, Healthcare, Information Technology, Communication and Lighting. It has nation-wide Sales and Service network, 18 manufacturing plants, a network of around 500 channel partners and employs more than 18,000 people.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the world's leading supplier of production, transportation and building systems. Integrated hardware and software technologies combined with comprehensive industry-specific solutions enable Siemens to enhance the productivity and efficiency of its customers in industry and infrastructure. The Sector comprises six Divisions: Building Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility, Drive Technologies and Osram. In fiscal 2007 (ended September 30), Siemens Industry generated sales of approximately EUR40 billion (pro forma, unconsolidated) with around 209,000 employees worldwide. With the business activities of Siemens VAI Metal Technologies, (Linz, Austria), Siemens Water Technologies (Warrendale, Pa., U.S.A.), and Industry Technologies, (Erlangen, Germany), the Siemens Industry Solutions Division (Erlangen, Germany) is one of the world's leading solution and service providers for industrial and infrastructure facilities. Using its own products, systems and process technologies, Industry Solutions develops and builds plants for end customers, commissions them and provides support during their entire life cycle.

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