Fertilizer Industry to boost production

Fertilizer Industry to boost production

New Delhi: Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers DV Sadananda Gowda said that NDA Government took various initiatives to boost fertilizer sector so that adequate amount of fertilizers could be made available to farmers during the sowing season.

Gowda said that under the provisions of New Investment Policy – 2012 and its amendment in 2014, Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (CFCL) has set up a Brownfield project at Gadepan, Rajasthan with a production capacity of 12.7 LMT Urea per annum. Here the commercial production started on 1st January, 2019 which, helped in producing 244.55 LMT indigenous urea in the country during 2019-20.

Fertilizer Industry to boost production

He said that with a view to become self-sufficient in urea production, government has started reviving the closed fertilizer units of FCIL at Ramagundam, Talcher, Gorakhpur and Sindri and HFCL unit at Barauni. This is a joint venture of nominated PSUs to set up gas-based fertilizer plants of 1.27 MMTPA capacity each.

He said that the revival of closed fertilizer units is in progress. With over 99% progress, the Ramagundam unit is in commissioning stage, while Talchar unit is likely to be commissioned in 2023. The other units at Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni are expected to be commissioned in 2021.

Union minister further stated that as per Modified New Pricing Scheme (NPS-III), all of the Units which are using naphtha as feedstock are to be converted on natural gas.  Madras Fertilizers Ltd. has already moved from Naptha feedstock to Natural Gas as feedstock. After getting pipeline connectivity, this unit has started producing Urea w.e.f.  29th July, 2019 on natural gas feedstock.

The Minister also said that a major decision was also taken to infuse Rs.900 crore in Fertilizers and Chemicals Travancore Limited (FACT) for its Modernization.


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