Steelmakers have approached Ministry of Steel for certificate that can testify their status them from a Non-primary or Secondary to a Primary Steel plant. Ministry is presently in discussions with a Kolkata based Joint Plant Committee for the classification of Steel plants and issuing certificates to these companies.
Steel plants and producers are classified on the basis of vintage, process route, size, level of integration etc. Some of the commonly used classification of Steel plants is Primary Steel Plants, Secondary Steel Plants, Integrated Steel Plants, Electric Arc Furnace (EAF) Unit, and Electric Induction Furnace (EIF) Unit.
Ministry of Steel has released guidelines to add clarity in the classification of Steel producers in the private as well as public domain released on 23 Dec, 2013. Guidelines as follows:
(1) On the basis of Process Route or Adopted Technology
(2) On the basis of Size or Capacity.
Steel plants on the basis of size and capacity are also classified as Integrated Steel plants and Mini Steel plants. Primary Steel producers with rolling facilities having a minimum capacity of 1 MnT pa in terms of Crude Steel in a single location and capable of producing Steel products as per standard specifications are Integrated Steel producers. While, Steel producers with a capacity less than 1 MnT pa are the Mini Steel plants.
Ministry of Steel has issued notifications regarding certification and stated that certificates will be issued on the above mentioned guidelines on a specific request by Steel plants or companies.