New Delhi: Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers DV Sadananda Gowda today took stock of the progress of Talcher Fertilisers Limited (TFL), a joint venture company promoted by GAIL, CIL, RCF and FCIL.
Among others, SN Yadav, MD and S. Gawade, Director(operations) of Talcher Fertilisers Ltd were present in the review meeting.
Talcher Fertilisers Limited is bringing up a urea unit of 12.7 lakh MT per annum capacity at Talcher in Odisha. When completed, it will be first of its kind in the country to employ coal gasification technology for production of urea. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 13,270 crore.
The Union Minister said, “The COVID situation may have delayed the execution of the project at present. We must, however, be prepared to compensate current delay by faster execution in future so that the project is commissioned by deadline i.e., September 2023. When commissioned TFL along with other four revival projects at Ramagundam, Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri will be able to realise the vision of the Prime Minister to achieve self-sufficiency in urea production.”
During the meeting Yadav briefed about the status of progress of the project and various challenges being faced during execution of the project due to COVID-19 crisis. He said that work has started since May and has gathered pace. However, due to issues such as travel restrictions and shortage of laborers the project has got delayed by about six months as of today.
The successful completion of the project is expected to reduce India’s dependency on imported urea and will create hundreds of direct and indirect employments.