Making a long dream of the people of Odisha come true, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today laid foundation stone for the Talcher fertiliser plant at Angul in Odisha, the first such plant in eastern India.
With Talcher plant being the first fertiliser plant in India to use coal-gasification technology, it will provide a template for using gas produced from coal, which is likely to be adopted by refineries and power plants to lower their emissions.
Talcher Fertilizers Ltd is a joint venture between state run GAIL (India) Ltd, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCF) and Coal India Ltd (CIL). Once commissioned, it will produce 1.26 million metric tonne per annum of neem coated urea.
The plant will help create a huge employment opportunity. Around 4,500 people will be employed in the region. The fertilizer plant will start production in 36 months, he said during the ceremony in Talcher.
The Talcher project will reduce dependence on urea and gas imports, Modi said.
“The plant will promote alternative use of domestic coal in an environment friendly manner, thereby supporting India’s commitments under the CoP 21 Paris Agreement 2016. It will produce 2.38 million metric standard cubic meter per day (MMSCMD) natural gas equivalent syngas from coal, leading to reduction in import bill of liquefied natural gas (LNG) by more than Rs 1,620 crore per annum,” GAIL said in a statement.
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