With the commissioning of the Ramagundam plant, the domestic production of urea in the country will increase by 12.7 lakh metric tonnes per annum. It will become the largest fertilizer manufacturing unit in South India.
Farmers spraying urea in the field. (signal picture)
Sowing of Kharif crops is about to begin. Farmers will need urea fertilizer in large quantities. In order to make the country self-reliant in the production of urea, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved the proposal of the Department of Fertilizers. Under this approval, the New Investment Policy (NIP)-2012, with its amendment dated October 7, 2014, will now be applicable to Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited (RFCL) also.
RFCL is a joint venture, consisting of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Engineers India Limited (EIEL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIEL). Gas to this plant is supplied by GAIL, which is supplied through MBBVPL (Mallavaram-Bhopal-Bhilwara-Vijaypur) gas pipeline of GSPL India Transco Limited (GITL). It was incorporated on February 17, 2015.
Production will increase from Neem-coated urea plant
RFCL is making the old Ramagundam unit of FCIL operational again. Under this, a new gas based green field neem-coated urea plant is being set up, with a production capacity of 12.7 lakh metric tonnes per annum, RFCL urea project costing Rs 6165.06 crore.
Utkrisht gas based unit of RFCL is part of Government of India initiative under which the target is to revive the closed urea units of FCIL/HFCL. The government is trying its best that India can achieve self-reliance in the urea sector as well.
Domestic production increased by 12.7 lakh metric tonnes
With the commissioning of the Ramagundam plant, the domestic production of urea in the country will increase by 12.7 lakh metric tonnes per annum. It will become the largest fertilizer manufacturing unit in South India. The commissioning of this project will not only improve the availability of fertilizers to the farmers, but will also boost the economy of the region. Along with this, infrastructure like road, rail, ancillary enterprises will be developed in the areas connected with the project and food security will be ensured in the country.
Urea quality will increase
RFCL has many unique features like; State of the art technology, HTER (Halder Topse Exchange Reformer), which will save energy in urea production in urea plants. Along with this, the quality of urea will increase with the 140 meter high Prilling Tower, which will automatically fill the urea in compost bags and will be loaded in goods trains.
In this way, the capacity to send 4000 metric tonnes of urea daily will be generated. National Fertilizers Limited will buy and sell Urea produced by RFCL.
Self-reliance will come in urea sector
Government of India is making 5 closed units of FCIL/HFCL operational again. This work will be completed by installing ammonia urea plants with an annual capacity of 12.7 lakh metric tonnes at Ramagundam (Telangana), Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), Sindri (Jharkhand), Talcher (Odisha) and Barauni (Bihar).
During this, 40 thousand crore rupees will be invested in this scheme and joint ventures of leading public sector enterprises will be prepared for this. With the commissioning of these plants, domestic urea production will increase by 63.5 lakh metric tonnes per annum.
Source – Prasar Bharti
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