Barauni: The new ammonia urea plant of Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited (HURL) at Barauni commenced urea production from yesterday, the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers stated today.
The state-of-the-art gas-based Barauni Plant is part of the initiative taken by the Government to revive the closed urea units of Fertilizer Corporation of India Ltd. (FCIL) and Hindustan Fertilizers Corporation Ltd (HFCL) in order to achieve self-sufficiency in urea sector. Revival of closed units of FCIL and HFCL had been the top priority agenda of the present Government to augment the availability of domestically produced urea.
The Government mandated Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited (HURL) to revive the Barauni unit with an estimated investment of Rs. 8,387 crores with the urea production capacity of 12.7 LMTPA.
HURL, incorporated on June 15, 2016, is a Joint Venture Company by Coal India Limited (CIL), NTPC Limited (NTPC), Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) and FCIL/HFCL mandated to revive Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni units with an estimated investment of Rs. 25,000 crores.
It may be noted that the Gorakhpur plant of HURL was already commissioned in December 2021 and Sindri Plant is likely to be commissioned shortly.
The start of all three plants of HURL will add 38.1 LMTPA indigenous urea production in the country. The Ministry stated that the Project will not only improve the availability of fertilizer to farmers but also give a boost to the economy in the region including the development of infrastructure like roads, railways, ancillary industry etc. besides ensuring food security to the nation.
HURL Plants has various unique features like a state-of-the-art blast-proof control room equipped with DCS (Distributed Control System), ESD (Emergency Shutdown System) and environment Monitoring Systems etc. It also has India’s first ‘Air Operated Bullet Proof Rubber Dam’ of 65 meters in length and 2 meters in height. There is no offsite wastewater disposal in these plants. The systems are operated by highly motivated, dedicated, well-trained operators.
The facility integrates the world’s best technologies aiming to meet the demand for urea in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha. Apart from urea supply, the project will also help to develop small and medium-scale industries/vendors around the manufacturing unit.
“There will be a lot of entrepreneurship activities around the hub and it will further boost employment generation. The operation of plants will lead to making the country self-reliant in urea fertilizer, saving in Foreign Exchange due to reduced imports and a giant step towards Atamnirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant) in fertilizers.
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