Steel production, oxygen supply unhindered during Cyclone Yaas: Steel Ministry

New Delhi : The Ministry of Steel on Thursday said that during the cyclone Yaas, there was no disruption in steel manufacturing or oxygen supply.

The Ministry, in view of the cyclone, held meeting with all major steel players on May 23, along with Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, in order to ascertain the likely impact of cyclone Yaas on steel making and on oxygen production and emerged that only plants located in Odisha and West Bengal would be impacted.

“Hence all measures were taken to ensure that power failures do not take place and it was planned that for two to four days, the states which were dependent on Kalinganagar and Angul plants of Odisha would draw Oxygen from TATA Jamshedpur plant”, the officials in the Ministry said.

It is confirmed that no power disruption was experienced by any steel plant located in Angul, Kalinganagar and Rourkela in Odisha. TATA representatives, who have plants in Odisha have confirmed that there has not been any impact of cyclone Yaas on the LMO production on the Tata Steel plants.

Dispatch of liquid medical oxygen from all the attached oxygen plants in Kalinganagar, Jamshedpur and Angul continued as usual without any disruption.

SAIL plants at Durgapur, Burnpur and Rourkela were also well prepared. The SOP for handling such situations was reiterated to all concerned. No disruption of steel production or oxygen supply took place. Similarly, JSPL and JSW who have plants in Angul and Jharsuguda in Odisha were well prepared and did not face any disruption during cyclone Yaas, the officials added.