Urea production begins at the Barauni plant after revival will add 1.27 mt
Production has begun at the now-revived urea plant in Bihar’s Barauni. It is the second of three closed plants to be reopened as part of the recovery plan. When fully operational, the plant will add 1.27 million tonnes (mt) to the country’s existing annual capacity of 29.64 mt.
Fertilizer minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted, “Strengthening the ‘Make in India’ goal in the Fertilizers Sector.” He described the launch of urea production at the Barauni facility in Bihar as a watershed event, saying that the government is committed to making India an Aatmanirbhar in fertilisers.
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The Barauni plant has an allowed capacity of 2,200 tonnes per day (TPD) of ammonia and 3,850 TPD of urea. For gas supplies, the plant has been linked to GAIL’s Jagdishpur-Phulpur-Haldia pipeline.
Minor repairs are still needed
The Barauni plant project (for revival) achieved incremental development of 0.4% in June and July, but just 0.14 percent in August and September, respectively. Up to September 31, the revival progress was 97.19%. According to official sources, certain minor civil work is outstanding and will be completed soon.
The NDA government began reviving Gorakhpur, Sindri, and Barauni units in 2016. As a result, Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited was formed in the same year with 29.67% equity participation from National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), and Coal India Limited (CIL), and 10.99% equity participation from Fertilisers Corporation of India Limited (FCIL) for the revival of these three plants. The Gorakhpur plant was completed in December of last year, and the Sindri and Barauni units were originally slated to be completed in June.
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There are 33 urea plants in the country, 32 of which use natural gas (domestic gas/LNG/CBM) as feedstock, and one uses naphtha as well.