Global bids invited for coal gasification plant in Odisha: Jena

Talcher: Giving a push to the Rs 8,000 crore project to revive Talcher fertiliser plant in Odisha, global tenders have been invited for setting up of coal gasification plant.

"Tenders have already been invited for establishment of coal gasification plant. The bids will be opened in January, 2013," said Union Minister Srikant Jena after inaugurating a site office for revival of Talcher fertiliser plant here.

Stating that the Talcher fertiliser revival project was being implemented on a fast-track basis, Jena said tenders would be invited for setting up of urea and ammonia plants within the next three months.

Following a go ahead given by Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction for revival of closed urea units at Talcher, the Rs 8,000 crore project through joint venture was worked out, he said.

The minister said the Joint Venture of Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilisers Ltd (RCF), Coal India Ltd (CIL) and Fertiliser Corporation of India Ltd (FCI) is giving momentum to the revival programme.

The objective to revive the closed urea units of FCIL and Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Ltd (HFCL) is now going to be accomplished, Jena said.

Coal gasification and gas purification plant would be undertaken by selected bidder on build own operate (BOO) basis, official sources said.

The JV project comprises coal gasification based ammonnia synthesis gas, 2700 MTPD of ammonia synthesis unit including storage and dispatch, 3850 MTPD of urea plant including bagging and despatch, 850 MTPD nitric acid plant and 1000 MTPD ammonium nitrate plant, they said.

The minister said the revival of Talcher unit would generate direct and indirect employment in Odisha and help in developing ancillary industry in the region. It would give a boost to the economy of the state.

The revival process would also help the country to bridge the gap between demand and domestic production of urea, said Jena, also minister (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation.