The National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), a Government of India undertaking, under administrative control of Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, has continued urea production at its plants in Punjab, and also supplied fertilizers to farmers even during the ongoing “rail roko” stir in state.
A release issued by the company said it produces around 10 lakh MT urea (5200 MT) per day at its Bathinda and Nangal plants in Punjab.
It said NFL’s production operations were initially impacted due to non-supply of coal, which is used for steam generation in plants during the production of urea. Both the plants require around 2,000 MT of coal everyday but its supply remained suspended.
Sensing the gravity of the situation, the NFL executives switched to using natural gas in the boilers which was, otherwise, a very costly affair. The company also made arrangement to pick coal from its nearby Panipat unit as a temporary arrangement. But this resulted in huge transportation costs to the company. With these collective actions, the company was able to sustain plants in Punjab under the crisis.
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