Deepak Fertilisers to invest 1,475 cr in ammonia plant

07 June 2021

Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals plan to invest Rs 1,475 crore in new ammonia manufacturing plant at Taloja in the outskirts of Mumbai. 

The plant is expected to be completed in the next two years. The company has already raised Rs 930 crore debt and procured necessary equipment, besides completing the construction works.

The 5.20-lakh-tonnes ammonia plant will not only meet the key raw material need of the company but also have excess capacity for sale in the open market. Currently, the company imports about 4 lakh tonnes of ammonia from West Asia. Ammonia is the key raw material across the company’s petrochemical and fertilizer businesses.

The company is also setting up a 3.77-lakh-tonne technical ammonium nitrate plant at Gopalpur in Odisha to tap both the growing demand in the domestic and overseas market. The project is expected to be completed by March 2024.

Sailesh C Mehta, Managing Director, Deepak Fertilisers and Petrochemicals, said once the new ammonia plant starts production, the company would save about $75-80 a tonne in logistic cost alone and would replace import of ammonia completely.

Though the raw material prices have gone up substantially in the last few months, he said the increase in fixed cost subsidiary announced by the government will help overcome the situation.

Supply of key raw material from captive resources will provide margin stability mitigating the impact of volatile ammonia pricing.