India’s GNFC to expand ammonia, urea production capacities

26 March 2013 06:31  [Source: ICIS news]

KOLKATA (ICIS)--India’s Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals (GNFC) will begin the brownfield expansion of its existing ammonia and urea plants once it has chosen the contractors to carry out the project, a company official said on Tuesday.

The $775m (€605m) project will be constructed at Bharuch in the western Indian province of Gujarat, the official added.

GNFC will make available 30 acres of land adjacent to its existing production facilities in Bharuch for the construction of the new urea and ammonia plants as well as natural gas pipelines.

The company’s ammonia production capacity will increase to 2,500 tonnes/day from the current 1,220 tonnes/day and urea production will rise to 3,850 tonnes/day from 1,744 tonnes/day after the expansion, the official said.

The company has set a 34-month timeline to complete the project and another four months to conduct trial runs at the new facilities before commercial production begins, the official said.

GNFC has engaged Projects & Development India Ltd (PDIL), a design engineering consultancy, to select suitable contractors and oversee the project on a turnkey basis, the official added.

According to guidelines set by GNFC, the selected contractor should have engineering-process licenses from either Haldor Topsoe, Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR) or Uhde for the ammonia plant and from Saipem, Toyo or Stamicarbon for the urea plant.

GNFC is a major producer of urea and ammonia as well as chemicals such as methanol, acetic acid, aniline, toluene di-isocynate and formic acid.

($1 = €0.78)

Author: Ajoy K Das

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