Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers Bhagwanth Khuba has laid the foundation stone for the renovation of the ammonia plant (intermediate in urea production) at Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers and the project is scheduled for commissioning in June 2022.
A release from MCF here said that the ammonia and urea plants of MCF were commissioned in 1976 and at present, about 4 lakh tonnes per annum of urea are produced. The plants are one of the most energy-efficient among those of that vintage. The feedstock was switched over from naphtha to natural gas in December 2020 and it has resulted in energy conservation and substantial environmental benefits.
In line with the new urea policy of the Department of Fertilizers, which directs urea producers to further improve their energy consumption norms, MCF decided to carry out a major revamp of the ammonia plant to improve its performance at par with modern plants in terms of energy consumption and cost of production of urea.
The existing plants were studied by renowned technology providers in the field of ammonia and accordingly, the revamp plan was designed based on technology provided by Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR). Environment clearance was obtained from Ministry concerned in August 2018 and subsequently, detailed design and engineering were carried out by Worley.