New unit to replace two fertiliser factories in Narsingdi

Dhaka,  Fri,  22 September 2017
Published : 20 May 2017, 00:21:40

New unit to replace two fertiliser factories in Narsingdi

FE Report

The government has moved to set up a new fertiliser plant named 'Ghorashal-Polash Fertiliser Factory' in Narsingdi having a total annual production capacity of over 1.4 million tonnes.

The proposed new plant will replace the existing two age-old fertiliser factories -- Ghorashal Fertiliser Factory and Polash Fertiliser Factory -- as their economic life expired long ago.

Necessary groundwork is now on to implement the project, according to Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) officials.  

According to the plan, the proposed new fertiliser factory would produce 0.924 million tonnes of urea and 0.5 million tonnes of ammonia per annum.  

He said the installation capacity of the Ghorashal factory, established in 1970, was 0.5 million tonnes which has lately reduced to less than 0.25 million tonnes now.

The Polash fertiliser factory, set up in 1985, is producing 0.08 million tonnes of urea, he said.

He said following the massive decline in output, the BCIC has taken the initiative to replace those under one project.

BCIC Chairman Mohammad Iqbal said economic life (20 years) of many local factories has passed long ago for which output costs have surged.

He said the production capacity could be enhanced by renovating the factories by adopting newer machineries and technologies.

"In this way, we can produce more fertiliser by using less volume of gas," he said.

A process is also going on to make the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Ltd (CUFL) operational again. It could produce 0.3 million tonnes, the BCIC Chairman said.

He also said after renovating existing factories and making all the units operational, the urea production capacity of the country could be 2.57 million tonnes.

There will be no need to import urea if we could achieve the target, he added.  

According to the BCIC, demand for urea has surged to 2.5 million tonnes in the country as farmers use it throughout the year.

The BCIC has provided 2.3 million tonnes of urea in the current financial year so far of which 1.2 million tonnes were imported while 0.92 million were produced in local factories.

The new fertiliser factory in Sylhet namely SFCL has a capacity to produce 0.581 million tonnes of urea.

The Jamuna Fertiliser Company and Ashuganj Fertiliser Chemical Company are producing 0.4 million and 0.35 million tonnes of urea respectively.
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