Steel Authority of India Limited organized a grand function last week to felicitate the winners of the SAIL Corporate Awards for Excellence for the performance year 2020-21. Steel Authority of India Limited’s Chairperson Ms Soma Mondal presented the Best Integrated Steel Plant award to Rourkela Steel Plant’s director in-charge Mr Atanu Bhowmick, as part of the SAIL Corporate Awards for Excellence 2020/21. Congratulating Rourkela Steel Plant collective on winning the award, Ms Mondal exhorted it to further enhance its all-around performance to carve out a trail of success. Mr Bhowmick dedicated the award to every Rourkela Steel Plant employee and said the organisation would continue its journey of excellence to become the best steel plant in India.Steel Authority of India Limited had announced in January that Rourkela Steel Plant has won the Best Integrated Steel Plant under SAIL Corporate Awards for excellence-2021. The award recognizes the remarkable overall performance of RSP in the financial year 2020-21. RSP has performed exceedingly well in production, productivity, techno-economics and profitability in the last fiscal and went on to achieve the Annual Business Plan targets for the first time in history. The steel plant registered an all time highest production of hot metal, crude steel and saleable steel in FY'21. RSP was also successful in further improving its techno economics to clock the best figures in major areas in the last fiscal. The specific energy consumption, a key techno-economic parameter was also all time best, the statement said, adding that all the departments of the plant excelled in tandem to clock several individual records.The incredible performance came amidst one of the most challenging times during COVID 19 pandemic. The steel plant adopted an integrated response to go past the challenges. The multipronged approach included augmenting healthcare facilities with special focus on testing, treating and vaccination during the year.Rourkela Steel Plant was set up with German collaboration with an installed capacity of 1 million tonnes. Subsequently, its capacity was enhanced to 2 million tonnes of hot metal, 1.9 million tonnes of crude steel, and 1.67 million tonnes of saleable steel. After implementing a massive modernization and expansion, Rourkela Steel Plant has enhanced its capacity to 4.5 million tonnes of Hot Metal and 4.2 Million Tonnes of Crude Steel.