SPIC restarts Tuticorin fertilizer complex, begins trial runs

14 October 2010 08:53  [Source: ICIS news]

MUMBAI (ICIS)--India’s Southern Petrochemical Industries Corp (SPIC) restarted its fertilizer facility in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu state on 12 October following an extended shutdown, a company source said on Thursday.

The company has also begun trial runs at the complex and plans to commence full production of ammonia and urea within the next few months, the source added.

The facility was shut for a turnaround in March 2007 and has remained off line since then, as Indian Oil Corp (IOC) had stopped feedstock naphtha supply because of outstanding dues owed by SPIC.

SPIC later scheduled a restart on 1 May this year but postponed it after a technical snag was discovered during a trial run in late April.

Meanwhile, IOC has resumed naphtha and furnace oil feedstock supply to SPIC after some of its dues were paid, the source said.

SPIC plans to switch to natural gas feedstock within the next three years, once it gets gas allocation from the government, the source added.

SPIC runs a 352,000 tonne/year ammonia unit and a 512,000 tonne/year urea plant at the Tuticorin facility.

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By: Priya Jestin



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