June 18, 2024

Shyam Metalics and Energy Limited (SMEL) has completed the expansion of its rail infrastructure at its integrated steel plant in Pandloi, near Rengali in Odisha’s Sambalpur district, aligning with the company’s long-term goal of sustainability. The plant, which also includes a coal washery and power plant, has seen rapid growth in recent years including realising the need for better rail facilities to efficiently manage the increased flow of raw materials and finished products. Previously, the plant operated with two dedicated railway lines. The recent expansion, completed in 2023, has doubled this number to four lines, SMEL said in a media release.

This includes a lead line from Rengali station, three branch lines, and an engine escape line. Moreover, the project, initially approved by the Indian Railways in 2015, now features fully operational overhead electrification, the company said. The plant’s enhanced rail infrastructure now handles over 110 rakes per month. While this is a substantial improvement, according to the company, the current setup can only manage around 60 per cent of the increased demand for raw materials and finished goods. To address this, SMEL plans to introduce a wagon tippler by 2028. This equipment will further streamline rail operations, doubling the plant’s rail handling capacity and ensuring faster turnaround times for wagons.

Brij Bhushan Agarwal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of SMEL, highlighted the importance of this development, stating, “The expansion of the rail infrastructure is a testament to this commitment, and the planned addition of a wagon tippler by 2028 will further solidify SMEL’s position as a leading player in the steel industry.”