New Delhi: The union minister of state for chemicals & fertilizers, Mansukh L. Mandaviya, Friday said that the Talcher fertilizer plant would be revived and made operational by December 2020.

The minister, while giving a written reply to a question on revival of closed fertilizer plants in Rajya Sabham, informed that at present eight fertilizer public sector plants have been lying closed. Out of these closed plants presently five plants namely Talcher, Ramagundam, Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni are being revived by setting up AmmoniaUrea plants of 1.27 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) capacity each, the minister said.

The Talcher unit of Fertilizer Corporation of Indian Ltd.(FCIL) is being revived on nomination basis by a consortium of PSUs namely Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited (RCF), GAIL(India) Limited, CIL and FCIL. A JV Company named Talcher Fertilizers Limited (TFL)” has been formed for the purpose, the minister informed.

Mansukh said the Gorakhpur  and Sindri units of FCIL and Barauni unit of Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation Limited (HFCL) are being revived by means of special purpose vehicle (SPV) of PSUs through nomination route. A joint venture company named “Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayan Limited (HURL)” comprising of National Thermal Power Corporation, Coal India Limited, Indian Oil Corporation Limited and FCIL/HFCLhas been formed. The Gorakhpur unit would be ready by August 2020 and the Sindri by September 2020. The Baraunit unit would be operational by October 2020.two plants would be ready by , he added.

According to him, the Ramagundam unit of FCIL is being revived on nomination basis by consortium of PSUs namely Engineers India Limited (EIL), National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) and FCIL. A JV Company named “Ramagundam Fertilizers & Chemicals Limited” has been formed. The plant would be ready by November 2018, he said.