IFFCO To Expand Paradeep Unit
Having registered record production in last fiscal and turned a sick fertilizer unit into a profit-earning unit, IFFCO’s Paradeep unit is now moving massive expansion plans that include growth of a sulphuric acid plant of 3500 MTPD and a super phosphates plant of 1200 MTPD capacity, on which about Rs 700 crore would be spent, informed Mr MR Patel, Senior Executive Director, IFFCO’s Paradeep unit.
Speaking to the local press persons at Paradeep recently, Mr Patel revealed: “In the last fiscal 2010-11, Paradeep unit has achieved records in the fields of production, energy conservation, and environment management, and has succeeded in gaining two prestigious national awards for outstanding performance in energy conservation.”
IFFCO achieved fertiliser production of 16.62 metric tonnes in just-ended fiscal, surpassing the previous production recorded at 15.00 metric tonnes in the year 2009-10 and highest DAP production achieved at 9.16 metric tonnes in the year 2010-11, he said.
The plant management put emphasis on several environmental measures for making the premises zero pollution, and state pollution control board having satisfied with such measures gave five-year pollution clearance. Meanwhile, house committee of Odisha assembly paid a visit to the plant site and endorsed appreciation inspecting ground realties over pollution control efforts launched by IFFCO in past few years.
Under corporate social responsibility, IFFCO has spent about Rs 10 crore carrying several social activities in the fields of community development, environment protection, health care, medical assistance, development of roads, schools and tree plantation, Mr Patel informed.
However, IFFCO has given its nod to starting a farmers training institution at Paradeep, but is facing non-availability of required land. In the last RPDAC meeting, held in Collector’s office in September 2010, RDC had directed district administration to provide land for the IFFCO’s proposed framers training camp, but no step has been taken in this regard, said DV Suri, Adviser, IFFCO. Moreover, he maintained, that IFFCO was committed to start the farmers training camp, since it occupied ailing OSWAL in the year 2005 but administrative bottlenecks affected to act on the proposal, so he requested the Collector to provide land for the purpose.
IFFCO’s Paradeep unit, after making consecutive profit and achieving success in turnaround plan, has chalked out its expansion plan. About Rs 700 crore would be spent on the expansion of a sulphuric acid plant and a super phosphate plant, including some developmental works such as construction of plant site roads, raising height of drains from floor level, horticulture and plantation activities, improving the sprinkler system in conveyers and de-dusting system in port area, Executive Director Mr Patel informed.
IFFCO earned its name in India after acquiring an ailing private limited company the cooperative sector and made total turnaround—having turned it into a profit-making unit for the last five years. The Executive Director Mr Patel commented that prosperity could be possible if IFFCO’s higher-ups made sincere effors higher-ups and working employees fulfilld their commitments besides, cooperation from Odisha government.
By Kahnu Nanda from Jagatsinghpur