Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, DV Sadananda Gowda took stock of progress of Talcher Fertilizers Limited (TFL) during a meeting with SN Yadav, MD and S. Gawade, Director (operations) of TFL.
Talcher Fertilizers Limited is bringing up urea unit of 12.7 lakh metric tonne per annum capacity at Talcher, Odisha. It is a joint venture company (JVC) promoted by GAIL, CIL, RCF and FCIL. When completed it will be first of its kind in India to employ coal gasification technology for production of urea. The estimated cost of the project is around Rs 13,270 crore. The successful completion of the project will reduce India’s dependency on imported urea, and is expected to create hundreds of direct and indirect employments.
During the meeting SN Yadav, Managing Director, TFL briefed about 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 had started since May and had gathered pace. However, due to issues such as travel restrictions and shortage of labourers the project had got delayed by about six months as of today. He assured that the project would be commissioned at the stipulated deadline.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said that the COVID situation might 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 could be commissioned by deadline; September 2023. Once commissioned, TFL along with other four revived projects at Ramagundam, Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri would be able to realise the vision of Prime Minister to achieve self-sufficiency in urea production.