Iffco plants in Gujarat face shortage of gas
Faced by severe shortage of gas to its fertiliser plants,
Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative has again knocked on the doors of the
department of fertilisers to give the matter some serious thought this time.
Iffco has alerted DoF about the critical shortage of gas for its fertiliser
plants at Kalol and Aonla in Gujarat. Reportedly, the requirement of gas at the
Kalol unit is around 1.2 mmscmd. However, gas supply from ONGC`s Mehsana gas
fields in Gujarat through Gail (India) Ltd has reduced to 0.1 mmscmd. Alternate
arrangements for supply of R-LNG with Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation Ltd
for 0.55 mmscmd were made but not extended by GSPCL after the agreement expired
in May 2007. Presently, Kalol is being run on spot gas and naphtha.
Shortage in gas supply at Iffco's Aonla unit is being supplemented with spot gas
and naphtha, but presently even spot gas is not available. Even after using
naphtha wherever possible, Aonla has not been able to operate at full capacity.
Iffco has now requested DoF that gas from the Panna-Mukta-Tapti fields should be
diverted to its fertiliser plants. Gail has the marketing rights of the total
quantity of PMT gas which is around 16 mmscmd. Iffco claims that it requires 1.0
mmscmd at Kalol and 1.5 mmscmd at Aonla of PMT gas in order to operate at full
capacity to meet the approved production targets.
[December 24-30, 2007]