Kerala proposes use of LNG instead of naphtha in FACT plant
The Kerala government Friday sought assistance of the Centre for revival of Fertlisers and Chemicals
Travancore (FACT) plant in the state and proposed the use of LNG in it for production of urea instead
"Ambalamedu Urea plant was closed in 2002 since the price of naphtha has gone up. We have an
LNG terminal at Kochi. FACT can use LNG and operate the urea plant. We need to revive this plant so
that it can produce 12 lakh tonne urea per year," Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said after meeting
Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar here.
"We can seek assistance of other public sector companies like ONGC and GAIL. PM has agreed to this
proposal. A total investment of Rs 6,000 crore is needed and to initiate the project we need 30 per
cent of this amount, which is Rs 1,800 crore.
"But, we need to complete the gas pipeline work from Kochi to Mangalapuram. The Centre has
agreed to initiate the revival process of FACT as soon as we complete this work," Vijayan said.
"Centre plans to develop Urea plants across the country but FACT is not included in this project," he
told reporters, adding that he had demanded the inclusion for the development of FACT.
"Around 620 acres belonging to FACT lies vacant in the state. Of this, 170 acres are set aside for the
development of BPCL. The rest 450 acres can be used for FACT and KSIDC to develop a Petro
Chemical complex and Pharma park. We have proposed to use this land effectively for the industrial
development of the state under public sector enterprises," he said, adding that Prime Minister
Narendra Modi agreed to the proposal. Vijayan was talking to the media after meeting Ananth
Kumar and Modi here.