Closure of urea producing plants
MINISTER OF STATE IN THE MINISTRY OF CHEMICALS AND FERTILIZERS
(SHRI HANSRAJ GANGARAM AHIR) ___________________________________________________________________
(a) to (c) : At present, there are 30 urea manufacturing units in the country out of which 27 are gas based units while 3 units are Naphtha based units. As per the modified New Pricing Scheme (NPS) – III notified on 02.04.2014, the Naphtha units were allowed subsidy upto 30.06.2014 or till they convert to gas based, whichever is earlier. Government permitted the continuation of these units till 30.09.2014. From 01.10.14, these units had to shutdown. Government again permitted them to start operation for 100 days from the date of notification (07.01.2015). One of these 3 is a PSU and 2 are private sector units. The two private sector units have obtained an order from the court that subsidy shall continue till government decides for further operations. No person/institution is responsible for their closure.