Ramagundam Fertiliser Plant, Karimnagar, Telangana, India
The Ramagundam fertiliser plant is coming up in the Karimnagar District, which is located approximately 240km from the city of Hyderabad in the newly formed state of Telangana, India. Formerly owned by Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL), the plant was closed down in April 1999 due to technological and financial issues.
In January 2015, FCIL formed a joint venture (JV) with two other public sector undertakings (PSUs), namely National Fertilizers (NFL) and Engineers India (EIL), to revive the plant. The JV is known as Ramagundam Fertilizers and Chemicals.
NFL and EIL will each hold 26% interest in the JV, while FCIL will hold 11%. The remaining stake will be allotted to new partners. NFL will provide commissioning, operation and maintenance, and marketing services for the project, while engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services will be rendered by EIL.
The project calls for an overall investment of reach INR50bn (approximately $811m) and is scheduled for completion in 2018. The plant's production is targeted at the southern states of India.
Background to the fertiliser plant revival project
The project forms part of the Indian Government's plan, proposed in 2008, to revive the closed units of FCIL and Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFCL) with the aim of increasing domestic urea production in the country.
FCIL's Sindri unit in Jharkhand will be revived by SAIL-Sindri Projects (SSPL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAIL. Its Talcher unit in the state of Odisha will be revived by the JV of Gail India, Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers (RCF), Coal India (CIL) and FCIL formed in December 2014. The company further has an uncommissioned fertiliser unit at Korba, Chhattisgarh, and a closed plant at Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Ramagundam fertiliser plant revival details
The project involves the construction of a new ammonia plant and a new urea plant with capacities of 2,200t/d and 3,850t/d respectively. It further involves the construction of ancillary offsite and utility facilities.
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The project will integrate the existing facilities into the design of the new facilities. The existing utilities at the site include a raw water pump house, a water treatment plant, a demineralised (DM) water plant, a railway siding, a bagging plant, a 45,000t urea storage silo, a 132kV electric substation, stores, workshops, a training centre, an administrative office and fire services buildings.
The feedstock for the new plant will be sourced with natural gas from the Krishna Godavari basin gas reserves, which will be conveyed to the project site via the proposed Mallavaram Bhilwara pipeline. Raw water for the project will be sourced from the Sripada Yellampally Barrage located on the Godavari River.
Ramagundam fertiliser plant history
Built on a land area of 1,284 acres, the Ramagundam fertiliser plant went online in November 1980. The Planning and Development division of Fertilizer Corporation of India (now Projects & Development India) provided the detailed engineering works for the plant.
The coal-based urea and ammonia plants had annual production capacities of 495,000t and 297,000t respectively. The fertiliser complex produced approximately 2.5 million tonnes of urea and 1.5 million tonnes of ammonia during its operational lifetime.