PM dedicates Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd’s (HURL) Sindri fertiliser plant to the nation

PM Narendra Modi dedicates Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd (HURL) Sindri fertiliser plant to the nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated to the nation the Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Ltd (HURL) Sindri fertiliser plant at Sindri, Dhanbad, Jharkhand today. The PM had laid the foundation of the fertiliser plant in 2018.

The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the initiative in the journey of Aatmnirbhar Bharat. He said that every year, India requires 360 lakh metric tonnes of urea and in 2014 India was producing just 225 lakh metric tonnes. The massive gap necessitated huge imports. “Due to the efforts of our government, in the last 10 years, urea production has risen to 310 lakh metric tonnes”, he said. He said with the starting of this plant new avenues for employment of the local youth have been opened.

PM Modi also informed about the revival of Ramagundam, Gorakhpur and Barauni fertiliser plants. Sindri has been added to this list, he said. He stated that the Talcher Fertilizer plant will also start in the next year. PM said that these five plants would produce 60 lakh metric tonnes of urea rapidly taking India towards Aatamnirbharta in this critical area.

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Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited (HURL) is a joint venture company of public sector undertakings (PSUs) namely, National Thermal Power Corporation Ltd (NTPC), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Coal India Ltd (CIL) and FCIL/HFCL, which was incorporated on June 15, 2016, revived Sindri fertiliser unit by setting up new ammonia-urea plant with installed capacity of 12.7 LMT per annum. The Sindri plant started urea production on November 05, 2022.

HURL was entrusted with the responsibility of setting up new ammonia-urea plants at Sindri having a capacity of 2200 TPD ammonia and 3850 TPD neem-coated urea with an investment Rs. 8939.25 crores and equity participation of 29.67 per cent each by NTPC, IOCL and CIL and 11 per cent by FCIL, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers informed.

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Setting up state of the art gas based Sindri plant is a part of the initiatives taken by the Government to revive the closed urea units of Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. (FCIL) and Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Ltd (HFCL) to achieve self-sufficiency in urea sector. Revival of closed units of FCIL and HFCL has been the top priority agenda of the Government to augment the availability of domestically produced urea. Sindri plant will add 12.7 LMT per annum indigenous urea production in the country, the ministry further informed.

The plant aims to ensure an adequate supply of urea to the farmers in the state of Jharkhand as well as West Bengal, Odisha, Chhatisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. This will not only improve the availability of fertilisers but will also boost overall economic development in the region including the development of infrastructure like roads, railways and ancillary industry. The plant would provide 450 direct and 1000 indirect employment opportunities in the region. Apart from this, the region will benefit from the development of MSME vendors for the supply of various goods for the factory, the ministry further said.

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