Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the commencement of work for India’s first Coal-gasification based fertilizer plant with pet coke blending will come up in Talcher, Odisha.
The coal gasification-based fertilizer plant is being developed by Talcher Fertilizers Limited (TFL).
TFL is joint venture company of GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL-29.67% stake), Coal India Limited (CIL-29.67% stake), Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited (RCFL-29.67% stake) and Fertilizer Corporation of India Limited (FCIL-10.99% stake).
The Coal-gasification fertilizer plant will be built at an estimated investment of Rs. 13,000 crore and is targeted to be commissioned by 2022.
After completion, Coal-gasification fertilizer plant will have the capacity of producing 1.27 Million Metric Tonnes Per Annum (MMTPA) of Neem coated prilled urea using coal and petcoke as feedstock. (Neem coated urea reduces leaching of nitrogen into soil and checks diversion of urea from agriculture uses).
The Coal-gasification fertilizer plant will use gas produced from coal, thus reducing dependence on urea and gas imports. It will promote the alternative use of domestic coal in an environment-friendly manner, thereby supporting India’s commitments under CoP 21 Paris Agreement 2016.
Pollutants like Carbon Dioxide (CO2) produced by this plant will be recycled for the production of Urea and other by-products. Further, ash produced by it will be converted to inert slag which is non–hazardous.