Danish company Haldor Topsoe has received a contract from TechnipFMC for licence and basic engineering for two gas-based ammonia plants for Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan (HURL).
The two fertilizer complexes in Sindri in the state of Jharkhand and in Barauni in the state of Bihar will each comprise 2,200mtpd ammonia and 3,850mtpd urea plants.
The two plants will be realised by TechnipFMC of France, along with consortium partner L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering, India.
These plants will be based on Topsoe’s ammonia technology and are part of the Indian government’s plans for the revival of the domestic fertilizer sector to ensure Indian self-sufficiency in urea fertilizers.
Of the four current fertilizer plant revival projects in India, three are based on Topsoe ammonia technology.
HURL managing director Arun Kumar Gupta said: “We need the best available technologies to fulfil our vision of growth, efficiency, and national self-sufficiency.
“Technip has offered Topsoe’s ammonia technology which is considered one of the best technologies in the market and therefore, we are looking forward to a urea/ammonia plant which shall turn out to be one of the most energy-efficient, having reliable and safe operations.
“The HURL projects at Sindri and Barauni not only show the commitment and support of the Indian government, NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India), the Department of Fertilizer under the Indian Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, but also the three promoter companies, all well-known in the area of mega-project management.”
In 2015, Topsoe secured the ammonia technology licence, basic engineering, technology and catalysts for an ammonia plant for the Ramagundam Fertilizer Project. The 2,200mtpd ammonia plant is also a revival project scheduled to begin operation in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Topsoe executive vice president and deputy CEO Amy Hebert said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to continue our long-standing support of the Indian government’s efforts towards self-sufficiency in urea production and as a consequence: food security.
“Our world-leading ammonia technology and catalysts are the basis for three out of the four fertilizer plant revival projects in India right now.”
Image: Topsoe Ammonia converter. Photo: Courtesy of Haldor Topsoe.