Pradhan reviews Talcher fertilizer plant revival


New Delhi: Union minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday reviewed the fast-tracked activities of the Talcher Fertilizer project. BC Tripathi, Chief Managing Director of Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) and Ashutosh Karnatak, Director (Projects) were in presence.

The fertilizer project at Odisha’s Talcher developed by Talcher Fertilizers Limited (TFL- a joint venture of GAIL) shall become India’s first coal gasification-based urea production facility of 1.27 MMTPA installed capacity at an estimated investment of Rs 11,600 crore.

According to reports, environment clearance and selection of coal gasification technology are key milestones achieved to boost the project.

It is learnt that full-fledged project activities are expected to commence at the Talcher site within a month and is targeted for commissioning by 2022.

“Bids are under evaluation for the coal gasification unit and other major tenders for ammonia and urea plants have also been floated. Besides project site at Talcher is under readiness,” said JS Saini, TFL chief executive officer.

It is worth mentioning here that TFL has been allotted captive coal mine in the Talcher region. Mine development activity has commenced to ensure steady supply of the feedstock for maintaining continuous operations of the plant.

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