29 October 2016
US based firm Stonetek Energy plans India's first coal-based urea plant worth Rs 6,000 crore in Chandrapur, Nagpur
The proposed plant will be first of its kind, which will produce urea from coal. Coal based fertilizer manufacturing with coal gasification technology is going to be implemented for the first time in the country, with lower production cost and minimal emission. This urea will be cheaper in cost and farmers will get urea in less rates. This coal-urea is going to be available Rs 10,000 per tonne cheaper than present rates.
Maharashtra Government has already allotted a piece of land to the US based firm, and Western Coalfields Limited (WCL) has agreed for coal linkage to the proposed plant. Coal is available in abundance in Vidarbha Region.
Presently urea manufacturing units are either gas based on naphtha based and both the process are costly than this new technology of producing urea from coal. The technology is eco-friendly and being implemented in Chandrapur as a pilot plant. Once it is successful, it could be replicated in other plants.
Hopefully the project would start producing urea in 36 months.
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