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PM’s ‘Urja Ganga’ gift set to energise Jharkhand

| | Ranchi | in Ranchi

Jharkhand would be among the few States getting the first fruit of ambitious ‘Urja Ganga’ project, initiated by the Centre in order to flow natural gas as source of energy and infrastructure all over, especially covering deficient eastern region of the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit of the State and plan to lay foundation for revival of closed Sindri fertilizer plant is going to source the precious and environmentally cleaner liquefied natural gas (LNG) through the ‘Urja Ganga’ project.

“Agreement in this regard has already been reached between the State Government and the Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL). The Jagdishpur Haldia Pipeline passing through six districts – Bokaro, Giridih, Hazaribagh, Singhbhum, Ranchi and Dhanbad — is to feed crucial Sindri fertilizer plant that is on the path of rejuvenation,” said a senior official of the Industry Department.

Sindri plant, the first fertilizer unit of the country, started under the Fertilizer Corporation of India is located about 20 kms away from Dhanbad and had come at a grinding halt in 2002. However, under the new dispensation, the Cabinet in 2015 nodded for its revival. As per the final outlay, it has been proposed to install an ammonia plant of 2,200 tonne per day and Urea plant of 3,850 tonne per day on 500-600 acres of land at Sindri at an estimated cost of Rs 6,000 crore.

“The revival is being done through a special purpose vehicle setup and a joint venture company ‘Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited’ (HURL). The JV has big names comprising National Thermal Power Corporation, Coal India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited besides FCIL and HFCL,” added the official.

Local authorities said that clearances related to land and environment for restarting the fertilizer plant had been acquired. “There was no issue about land barring some minor encroachments. This has been cleared. The company has already started some initial works before going full fledged after the Prime Minister would press the button on May 26,” said an officer of Bokaro district administration. After the foundation laying, the plant is expected to come under operation by 2020.

This apart, Modi would also lay foundation stone for bigger with new units of the Patratu Thermal Power Station that has already being handed over to the NTPC. “Work orders as per the MOA with NTPC have been given to BHEL. Now with the Prime Minister’s visit work would speed up for performance improvement and capacity expansion under Phase-1 in which 3x800 MW capacity plant would be constructed,” said Jharkhand Bijli Vitaran Nigam Limited (JBVNL) Managing Director Rahul Purwar.

Total 4,000 MW plant is coming up at Patratu in two phases which are expected to complete in 2020 and 2024, respectively. NTPC in October last year incorporated Patratu Vidyut Utpadan Nigam, a joint venture with JBVNL for reviving and operating the PTPS plant in the State.




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