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Archean group to set up Kutch Fertilizers project

Archean group, a Chennai based group company is to set up a fertilizer project to manufacture Sulphate of Potash (SOP) from sea bitterns and lime. The technology for the project has been sourced from Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute, Bhavnagar. As a by-product the project will also produce high grade magnesia refractory. Sources state that the required land for the project has also been acquired. The initial production will be 3000 tonnes per annum and will be scaled to 3 lakh tpa later. Technical knowhow is also sourced from K+S of Germany

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The project has achieved financial closure for the total project cost of Rs. 5650 million. It is lead by a consortium of banks lead by Bank of India, Bank of Baroda, Allahabad bank with SBI Captial Markets being the sole financial manager and debt arranger. Being a non organic production process, the project is also entitled to government subsidy. The project is expected to go operational by 2nd half of 2012. SOP is the favoured fertiliser for non-herbaceous crops that are sensitive to chloride. In India, this chemical is mainly used by tobacco farmers and there is ready demand for Sulphate of Potash (SOP) in India and abroad.

SPIC Ltd plans to set up a single super phosphate unit in Tuticorin

Southern Petrochemicals Industries Corp Ltd is planning to invest Rs. 36 million to install a single super phosphate (SSP) unit in SPIC nagar in Tuticorin district of Tamil Nadu. The project involves installing a SSP unit in the downstream unit of existing acid plants with a capacity of 350 tpd.

SPIC ‘s Tuticorin fertilizer plant may resume operations

Southern Petrochemicals & Industries Corp has hopes of revival as Indian Oil is keen to resume naphtha supply to Tuticorin plant. SPIC has run into debt after it failed to clear over Rs.3700 million dues to Indian Oil Corp and supply of naphtha was cut in 2007. More than 2 years now, IOC considers an option of recovering its dues to by helping it to resume operations. Asset Reconstruction Company has also worked actively to bring the plant into operations by selling properties and clearing secured creditors. However, around Rs.5000 million in working capital is required to start the plant.

Coromandel Fertilizers to expand its fertilizer unit at Ennore

Coromandel Fertilizers to expand its fertilizer unit at Ennore near Chennai in Tamil Nadu. The project involves expanding Fertilizer Plant Ammonium Phosphate Sulphate (1,70,000 to 3,30,000 MTPA) Sulphuric Acid (1,81,000 to 2,80,450 MTPA) and Phosphoric Acid (35,800 to 66,000 MTPA).



Consent Capacity (Existing)

Proposed Capacity

Fertilizer Plant

170,000 MTPA

330,000 MTPA

Phosphoric acid Plant

35,800 MTPA

66000 MTPA

Sulphuric acid plant

1,81,000 MTPA

280450 MTPA





The total project cost is estimated at Rs. 20 million. No Sulphuric acid and Phosphoric Plant will be installed and additional requirement if any of Sulphuric acid and Phosphoric Acid will be imported. Increase in production will be achieved through technology innovations, process improvements, improving on-stream hours, maximization of equipment capacity and continuous supply of raw materials. Sulphuric acid plant will be based on DCDA technology. Anodic alloy protected coolers and scrubbers will be provided to Sulphuric acid plants. Five stage scrubbing system will be provided to control gaseous emissions. Scrubbers will also be provided to Phosphoric acid plant to scrub fluorine. Spray nozzles in the Fertilizer plant, improved catalyst in the Sulphuric Acid Plant and Kimre mesh pads with multi wash system will be provided to Phosphoric acid plant to control air emissions. Cyclone and scrubbers will be provided to control dust. Scrubbers will be provided to control NH3 and SO2, Bag filters will be provided in Phosphoric Acid Plant to control dust emissions. Fume scrubbing system will be provided in Granulation Plant.

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