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The total urea capacity in India after revamping of the five units at Gorakhpur, Sindri, Talcher and Ramagundam and Barauni is likely to be 304.5 Lakh Metric Tonne Per Annum (LMTPA). In addition, two plants of combined capacity of 26.4 LMTPA are also being set up and commissioned in the private sector. This will further augment capacity to nearly 330 LMTPA. This augmentation in production capacity should help India in moving towards achieving self-sufficiency in urea, Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilisers, Rao Inderjit Singh informed in the Lok Sabha today.
The Government had announced New Investment Policy – 2012 (NIP-2012) on January 2, 2013 and amended it further on October 7, 2014 to facilitate fresh investment in urea sector and to make India self-sufficient in this nitrogen fertiliser production.
Under the provisions of NIP-2012, Matix Fertilisers & Chemicals Limited (Matix) has set up a Coal Bed Methane (CBM) based Greenfield Ammonia-Urea complex at Panagarh, West Bengal with the installed capacity of 13 Lakh Metric Tonne (LMT) per annum. The commercial production of Matix has started on October 1, 2017. Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited (CFCL) has also proposed to set up a brownfield project with capacity of 13.4 LMT at Gadepan, Rajasthan, which is likely to start commercial production by January, 2019, the Minister further informed the lower house of Indian Parliament.
The Minister further informed that the installed capacity of 30 urea manufacturing units is 207.54 LMT against which the total indigenous urea production during the year 2015-16 and 2016-17 was 244.75 LMT and 242.01 LMT respectively. In order to increase the production of fertilisers by Central public sector undertakings (PSUs), Government has decided to revive closed units namely Gorakhpur, Sindri, Talcher and Ramagundam units of Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL) and Barauni unit of Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL) by setting up of 12.7 LMTPA plant at these units. All of these units are targeted to become operational by 2020-21, Singh added.
In addition to above, the Government has also decided to install a new urea plant of 8.64 LMT per annum in the existing premises of Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL), which will subsequently replace the existing Namrup II (Capacity 2.40 LMT) and Namrup III (Capacity 2.70 LMT) units, the Minister added.