India: RCF Expansion Plans

Mumbai based Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF) will revamp the Thal  plant to increase its capacity from 1.7 to 2 million tonnes by setting up an ammonia-urea stream for production of 1.15 million tonnes of additional urea. The Thal plant was commissioned in 1985 and the ammonia stripping process is licensed by Snam-Progetti. In addition, RCF, along with GAIL and Coal India Limited, is actively pursuing the setting up of an ammonia-urea project at Talcher in Orissa through the coal gasification route. Besides this domestic expansion schemes, they are also exploring possibilities of setting up an ammonia-urea project at Ghana based on natural gas and another one in Indonesia based on coal gasification. RCF, India’s biggest state-run urea maker, has two manufacturing units located at Trombay and Thal and a marketing network throughout the country. Their main discharge port is Mumbai, on India’s west coast. Besides urea and complex fertilisers, RCF also produces bio-fertilizers, micronutrients and  100% water soluble fertilizers.

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