Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a plaque to mark the commencement of revival activity of the Talcher fertiliser project in Odisha. Speaking during the occasion, he said the revival of the Talcher fertiliser plant in Odisha will create huge job opportunities, while making the country self-sufficient in fertiliser production.
The project is expected to be commissioned in the next three years. Modi expressed confidence in getting another term as the Prime Minister. He said, “I have been told that production from this plant will start in 36 months and I promise to be here in 36 months at the start of production.”
The Talcher plant will be India’s first coal gasification-based fertiliser plant and is being revived by Talcher Fertilizers Ltd (TFL), a joint venture between GAIL (India) Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF) and Coal India Ltd (CIL). This plant will have the capacity of producing 1.27 million metric tonne (MMT) per annum of neem coated urea using coal and petcoke as feedstock.
A TFL statement said, “The feedstock for the plant will be derived from the North of Arkhapal coal block in Talcher.” The Petcoke will be sourced from Indian Oil’s Paradip refinery, an official said.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik thanked the Prime Minister during the ocassion and assured him of all support from the state government. The plant, targeted to be commissioned by 2022, will ensure easy availability of urea in Odisha, as currently there is no urea plant in the state.