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    Govt revitalizing fertilizer industry to boost indigenous production

  • Date : 24 July, 2020

    New Delhi: Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Mr DV Sadananda Gowda has 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.

    Mr 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.He  stated 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 & 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. The overall progress and likely commissioning of the projects are as under:

    Project

    Overall progress

    Likely commissioning of the project

    Ramagundam

    99.58%

    In pre-commissioning / commissioning stage

    Talcher

    59.48%

    By 2023

    Gorakhpur

    88.10%

    By 2021

    Sindri

    77.80%

    By 2021

    Barauni

    77.60%

    By 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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