Bangladesh: New Urea Capacities

At present there are in Bangladesh six factories but most of them are old and their production capacity has fallen. But recently the authorities have disclosed that the government had taken initiatives to set up three more fertilizer factories to meet the growing demand for the agriculture input. The country spends a huge amount of foreign currencies to pay for the 1.5-2.0 million tonnes of fertilizers that are imported yearly to meet the demand.
Once completed, the Shahjalal Fertiliser Factory in north-eastern Bangladesh, will be able to reduce the import of around 0.6 million tonnes of urea a year. The production target for the Shahjalal Fertiliser Factory was fixed at 581,000 tonnes a year to meet the growing demand for urea fertilizer. The complex will be built adjacent to the existing Natural Gas Fertilizer Factory and comprise units designed to produce 1,000 mt/day of ammonia and 1,760 mt/day of urea. It will be built by China Chengda Engineering Co. (Chengda) and China National Import & Export Corp. (Complant). KBR will provide its ammonia technology, and Stamicarbon, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, will supply its Urea2000Plus technology and services for the urea plant. The urea granulation unit will be based on Stamicarbon’s fluid-bed granulation technology. Start-up is due in 2015. Chengda is providing basic and detailed engineering and procurement; Complant is responsibile for construction and commissioning. The construction work will be completed by the next 38 months. We lack information about the other factories.

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