India: FACT Fertilizer Expansion Plans

Located in India’s west coast, Fertilisers and Chemicals Travancore (FACT) is one of the biggest fertilizer makers in Kerala, and its output includes urea and complex fertilizers.

Now FACT intends to set up a new sulphuric acid plant, urea plant, NP complex fertilizer plant, SSP plant and ammonia-urea complex. The proposed ammonia-urea complex at Cochin division will consist of an ammonia plant with a nameplate capacity 2,000 tonnes per day and a urea plant of 3,500 tpd. Certain existing facilities available like the urea silo, raw water pumping system, etc. are planned to be used for the project. Similarly, they plan a urea plant of a single train of 1,500 tpd as an add on unit to the existing 900 tpd ammonia plant. FACT also plans to set up a new sulphuric acid plant with a capacity of 2,000 tpd, to be based on the DCDA route in order to meet the environmental pollution standards.

The company aims to increase its annual complex fertilizer output to one million tonnes per annum by installing an additional 1,000 tpd NP plant at Cochin using outsourced ammonia, phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid. The company also plans to set up a 500 tpd SSP plant at their Udyogamandal complex, which is located some 20 km from Cochin. Some of the existing facilities like rock godown, rock handling system, etc. could be utilized for the project to the extent possible after their condition assessment.

FACT is a state-run company which besides fertilizers, has also interests in caprolactam (an intermediate used in nylon production), petrochemicals, hydrometallurgy, pharmaceuticals, engineering services, and others.

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