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Acid Plant Database  February 6, 2018


Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL)

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Location PPL Township,
Paradeep – 754 145
Jagatsinghpur District
Background 1981 – Incorporated – Initially a joint venture between the Government of India and the Republic of Nauru and subsequently changed into a wholly owned Government of India Enterprise.  After disinvestment by the Government of India in February, 2002 the management of the Company is with the fertilizer majors Zuari-Chambal Group and OCP of Morocco. 

Zuari Maroc Phosphates Ltd. (ZMPL) is a 50:50 joint venture between Zuari Industries Ltd. and Maroc Phosphore S.A., Morocco. It was established as a Special Purpose Vehicle for acquisition of majority stake in Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL).   ZMPL holds an 80.45% equity stake in PPL thereby making it a subsidiary of ZMPL.  www.zuari.in

Website www.paradeepphosphates.com
Plant Plant No. 1 Plant No. 2 Plant No. 3
Coordinates* 20° 16' 42" N, 86° 38' 40" E 20° 16' 43" N, 86° 38' 42" E 20° 16' 45" N, 86° 38' 40" E
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 330,000 MTPA 330,000 MTPA 2000 MTPD
Status Operating Operating Operating
Year Built 1992 1992 2015
Technology Outotec (Lurgi) Outotec (Lurgi) MECS
Contractor FACT Engineering and Design Organization (FEDO) FACT Engineering and Design Organization (FEDO) Jacobs
Remarks - - MECS HRS
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News February 6, 2018 - The assistant director of factory and boiler department, Mr Chandrakant Dalai is said to have detected lapses that had led to a gas leak mishap at Paradeep Phosphate Ltd on 2 February here injuring three labourers. The mishap had occurred at the Sulphuric Acid Plant (SAP).  A team of factory and boiler department led by Dalai conducted an inquiry and found that the leakage was at the gas gate of Non-Return Valve (NRV) of SAP’s processing boiler of stream no C. The labourers had been pressed into service to arrest the leakage on said gas gate near NRV by replacing it.  Before replacing it, boiler pipe line shut down to arrest leakage on said particular point. During opening this pipeline, there was residual hot water on said pipe line in which labourers were injured due to exposure to vapour of hot water.  Dalai said no steps had been taken to check the existence of hot water on said boiler pipe line. It is the strong violation of Indian Boiler Regulation Act 1950 so action will be taken after inquiry. The dept should send show cause notice to PPL authorities, he added.  Mr Dalai has informed that out of three injured labourers, one labourer Ashok Patra has been discharged from hospital. The other two Bikash Jaysingh and Samrat Hembramb are still under treatment in Cuttack. On last Friday, three labourers of had sustained injuries after being exposed to vapours from SAP. These workers of PPL were carrying out some repair work at the SAP of PPL.

February 5, 2018
- Three labourers of Paradeep Phosphate Limited sustained injuries after being exposed to vapours from Sulphuric Acid Plant on Friday night. According to sources, hundreds of workers were carrying out some repair work at the Sulphuric Acid Plant of PPL.  The other workers rushed to the spot after hearing the screams of the victims, who sustained severe burn injuries.The victims were identified as Bikash Jaysingh, Ashok Patra and Samrat Hembramb. They were shifted to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack.“PPL has made the necessary arrangements for the treatment of the injured workers. The accident was unfortunate. We have taken all precautionary measures to check leakage of the acid vapours at the plant.The production was stopped as the repairing work was being carried out,” a senior official said.  On the other hand, frequent leakage of gas from sulphuric acid plant has triggered panic among the people in Atharbanki and Tarenigada and employees of PPL in the past. In 2016, there was gas leakage from PPL.

July 7, 2016
- Panic spread in the port town following sulphuric gas leak from Paradip Phosphates Limited (PPL) here on Wednesday. Hundreds of people living in the proximity of PPL fled to safer places as the pungent smell of gas started spreading.  The residents of Atharbanki, Tarenigada and other slum areas of the town complained of suffocation and irritation in the eyes and nose as plumes of smoke engulfed the area giving it the resemblance of a heavy fog.  The gas leak spread towards the colonies around PPL, port town and other slums on the periphery.  On the other hand, many  families have deserted their homes and shifted to safe locations apprehending disaster during night. They alleged that lack of maintenance and old tanks in the sulphuric acid plant is the main cause of leakage.A senior officer of PPL said, “Sulphuric acid gas leakage which occurred on Wednesday evening has been checked by experts and engineers and there is no reason to panic. Load on sulphuric acid plant has been reduced to avert any untoward incident.” Though gas leaks occur every year in PPL plant, no visible steps have been taken by PPL authorities to check it, alleged panicky locals.  Regional Officer, Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Prasant Kar said, “the leak occurred due to malfunctioning on sulphuric acid plant. The leakage continued for about 20 to 25 minutes and affected the local population, who complained of suffocation. Warning has been issued to PPL authorities to check gas leakage from its plant.”  Meanwhile, OSPCB staff are monitoring the situation, he added.

December 25, 2015
- Indian Farmers Fertilizer Co Operative [IFFCO] had registered on November 3, 1967 as a Multi-unit Co-operative Society. With over 50 million members in 40,000 member cooperatives, IFFCO is one of the biggest agricultural cooperatives in the world, generating over $5 billion of turnover. It supplies quality fertilizer and provides services to agricultural producers. It holds at present, five Fertilizer manufacturing Units in India including one of them at Paradeep, besides IFFCO holds interest starting plants abroad in coming days.      The Paradeep Unit was taken over by IFFCO in October, 2005, which was originally set up by M/s OCFL popularly known as OSWAL in the year 1999. IFFCO Paradeep Unit consists of two streams of Sulphuric acid plants having a capacity of 3500 Tonnes per day per stream, single stream of Phosphoric Acid Plant having a capacity of 2650 tonnes per day of ‘P2O5’ (World largest single stream) and three streams of DAP/NPK complex fertilizer plants having a capacity to produce 19.20 lakh Tonne per annum.  The principal raw materials used are Rock Phosphate, Sulphur, Sulfuric Acid and Ammonia which IFFCO Paradeep imports from various countries. These raw materials are unloaded at the IFFCO Captive Jetty located at Paradeep Port. Ammonia and Sulphuric acid are discharged by unloaders having capacity of 1200 MTPH and 800 MTPH respectively. These raw materials are transported from Jetty to the plant through 5 kms long conveyors belt and pipelines. Water required for the plant is supplied from Taladanda Canal 2 km away from the plant site. The electric power requirement is met through its own two Captive Power Plants (CPP) each having capacity of 55M, besides two numbers of 110 MTPH coal fired boilers are installed to balance power and steam requirements. After taken over process IFFCO Paradeep fertilizer complex in Oct. 2005, IFFCO carried out revamping all the ailing OSWAL’s earlier plants and rebuild bottlenecks in various equipments and constraints for achieving full production capacity.   Despite various constraints IFFCO Paradeep Unit has so far produced 94.35 lakh tons of Bulk  Fertilizer till the end of March, 2013. However, during the financial year 2012-13, the Unit has produced 12.68 lakh tonnes of Sulphuric acid, 6.10 lakh tonnes of phosphoric acid (100% P2O5) and 14.30 lakh tonnes of DAP/NP . In the ongoing fiscal 2014-15 IFFCO Paradeep has produced 16.06 Lakh tons sulpheric Acid, 6.46 lakh tons Phosphoric acid, DAP 10.54 Lakh tons and NP 4.21 Lakh tons  fertilizers .    IFFCO’s Paradeep Unit gives prime importance for the welfare, Health and Safety of both employees and local population. The Unit is committed for continual improvement in Occupational Health, Safety and environmental performance. Special measures are taken to improve the environmental standards and the norms for the creating safe and healthy working conditions for ensuring safety of all. IFFCO Paradeep has been awarded with both ISO 14001:2004 & OHSAS18001: 2007 certificates with validity up to 14 July.2014.       As a Social Commitment IFFCO has been contributing towards various Developmental Works in the state of Odisha . IFFCO has undertaken various types of CSR works  in the field of agriculture, cooperation and allied fields to enrich the economic status of farming community in the districts of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara  since acquisition of OSWAL plant  in the year 2005. Since then, IFFCO Paradeep through IFFDC,( Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative Ltd.) a sister concern has been undertaking various projects for the development and improvement of the livelihood of the rural community in the state of Odisha. .  For promoting quality education, IFFCO Paradeep Unit has been providing financial support to various educational institutes through salary support and carried out infrastructure developments in different schools including several ITI’s in the district of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara. For providing health care facilities in the rural villages, IFFCO has been providing financial support for running two numbers of Homeo Clinics in the interior villages of Kendrapara district. For providing Health Care Services, we have organized several Free Health Check up Camps in rural areas in Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara districts,  in which medicines were distributed free of cost. IFFCO has been providing financial support to District Red Cross Medicines Bank, Jagatsinghpur and an Ambulance has been provided to district headquarters hospital Jagatsinghpur for the poor patients during urgency. Besides IFFCO has been contributing funds to Red Cross units of both Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapada districts. IFFCO has been providing financial support to numbers of Sports and Cultural Organizations in the adjoining districts of Jagatsinghpur and Kendrapara, besides supporting number of sports Events and cultural activities held  in the State Head quarters since few years. As a farmer’s friend, IFFCO has been providing strong support to run Relief Operations in the State of Odisha. IFFCO always stand first before the Public at the time of any Natural calamity happened in Odisha. However IFFCO contributes largely towards Chief Ministers Relief Fund during natural calamity besides contributing relief assistance to the affected people of Jagatsinghpur, Kendrapara  and Puri districts during flood, cyclone and any natural disaster occurring any time.  More than one lakh different species of trees have been planted in and around plant side, township, surrounding areas of plant located in village Musadia, Paradeep. Besides above IFFCO is Promoting various plantation programme in the state of Odisha. For the development of Forest, IFFCO distributed forest saplings in 70 villages under 11 districts in Odisha . IFFCO has also provided 1000 Nos. of forest saplings to MMITC and 1000 Nos. Forest Saplings to Baldeojew High School, Hasina in Jagatsinghpur under the plantation Programme.  IFFCO also has contributed funds for development of beautiful Avenue Plantation drive of 12 KMS long Jagatsinghpur- Kandarpur Road in the Jagatsinghpur district. The success of IFFCO’s Paradeep unit is well appreciated and recognized which can be known from various Awards and Prizes conferred to IFFCO in the field of CSR, Energy savings, Technical innovation, water conservation, and environment management. The Awards bestowed to IFFCO Paradeep as FAI Environment Protection Award 2015, Greentech Environment Award 2015, Kalinga Safety Award 2014, CII 16th National Award of excellence in energy management 2015, Paradip PortTrust for handling highest tonnage raw materials 2015 and Krushak Bandhu Award 2012. The IFFCO’s Vision Plan 2020 has proposed to implement from Year 2016 which emphasizes modernization of existing plants, agro processing and Agro chemical projects, setting up fertilizer products overseas through strategic alliances and setting up credit rating agency for cooperative societies for farmer’s requirement. 

August 23, 2012 - Fertiliser major Paradeep Phosphates Ltd has said it is investing around Rs 600 crore on new projects for raising capacity.  A number of projects are underway for de-bottlenecking of the Phosphoric acid and DAP plants, PPL Managing Director S S Nandurdikar told reporters here.  Besides, projects like a new Sulphuric Acid plant with 2,000 tonne a day capacity and Zypmite plant for granulated phosphogypsum are at different stages of implementation.

December 17, 2011 - IFFCO’s Paradeep unit has received prestigious ‘ FAI Technical Innovation award -2011’ founded by Fertilizer Association of India, New Delhi for its outstanding performance and innovation in treatment of  Sulphuric Acid plant.  Srikanta Jena, Union minister statistics and programme implementation, chemical and fertilizer presented the award in an annual FAI seminar held in New Delhi and IFFCO’s senior executive director Mr M R Patel received the award from minister.  IFFCO’s innovative plan implementing  ‘Siphon breaking arrangement for acid circulation pumps in Sulphuric acid plant and Acid draining arrangement of brick lined acid towers in sulphuric acid plant’ in factory, Both the initiatives were discussed at the FAI seminar and selected IFFCO’s Paradeep unit getting  the award.  Executive director Mr Patel has described this prestigious award is a great reorganization and congratulated employees and workers for their dedication and devotion, IFFCO’s Paradeep unit received the award. 

July 24, 2011 - Fertilizer company Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) has unveiled an investment plan of Rs 600 crore.  PPL will establish a sulphuric acid plant with a daily capacity of 2,000 tonnes besides enhancing capacity and efficiency of the existing sulphuric acid plant, the phosphoric acid plant and fertilizer plant, a statement by the company's corporate affairs adviser, S Acharya, said. The company will also create additional residential accommodation and township facilities.  After completion of the expansion, the plant will have a capacity of 15,00,000 tonnes annually, the statement said.  The company posted a net profit of Rs 177.08 crore in the financial year 2010-11 compared to Rs 151.55 crore the previous year, the statement said.  The company's total income in the last fiscal stood at Rs 3630.64 crore. PPL's profit before tax stood at 239.18 crore compared to 179.73 crore a year before.  PPL produced 12 lakh metric tonne of festilizers comprising 6.6 lakh mt of DAP and 5.4 lakh mt of NPK complexes in 2010-11. The company achieved a sales turn over of Rs 24 crore from selling crop protection chemicals in the brand name of Navratna, it said.

May 19, 2011 - After registering record production in last fiscal and making a sick fertilizer unit to a profit earning unit now IFFCO’s Paradeep unit is moving massive expansion plans that includes growth of Sulphuric Acid plant of 3500 MTPD and a single super phosphates plant of 1200 MTPD capacity and about Rs 700 crore would be spent for the endeavors, informed Mr M R Patel, senior Executive Director, IFFCO’s Paradeep unit.  Speaking to the local press persons at Paradeep on Tuesday Director Mr Patel revealed that the last fiscal 2010-11 has derived our Paradeep unit achieving records in the fields of production, energy conservation, environment management and succeeded gaining two prestigious National  awards for outstanding performance in energy conservation.  IFFCO achieved fertilizer production of 16.62 Metric tones in just ended fiscal suppressing the previous production recorded 15.00 metric tones in the year 2009-10 and highest DAP production achieved 9.16 metric tones 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 given 5 years pollution clearance and 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 past few years.  IFFCO’s Paradeep unit after making consecutive profit and achieving success in turnaround plan has been chalked its expansion and about Rs 700 crore would be spent expansion of sulphuric acid plant and single super phosphate plant including some developmental works like construction of plant site roads, raising height of drains from floor level, horticulture and plantation activities, improve the sprinkler system in conveyers and de dusting system in port area includes in the expansion spree, executive director informed.  IFFCO earned name in country after acquiring an ailing private limited company to the cooperative sector and made total turn around and made it profit making unit last five years so executive director Mr Patel quipped prosperity could be possible due to sincere efforts of IFFCO higher-ups and commitment of working employees including cooperation from Odisha government, Executive  Director said.

May 17, 2011 - Enthused by production of 16.62 lakh tonnes of fertiliser and 95 per cent capacity utilisation in 2010-11, fertiliser giant IFFCO today announced a Rs 700 crore expansion plan for its Paradip unit involving addition of new plants. "Our Paradip unit is going for expansion of complex with addition of Sulphuric Acid plant of 3500 MTPD capacity," IFFCO Senior Executive Director M R Patel told reporters here. Similarly, the expansion activities to be carried out at an investment of Rs 700 crore would also include addition of a Single Super Phosphate (SSP) plant of 1,200 MTPD capacity, he said. Stating that the unit produced 16.62 lakh tonnes of fertiliser and achieved almost 95 per cent capacity utilisation, Patel said Phosphoric Acid plant also produced 6.56 lakh tonnes, achieving 75 per cent capacity utilisation. Sulphuric Acid plant also produced 19 lakh tonnes of acid, achieving around 82 per cent capacity utilisation. There is also significant reduction in energy consumption in the complex, Patal said adding IFFCO has given importance to clean and green environment by implementing several schemes to reduce the pollutants to bare minimum. IFFCO won the '11th Global Greentech Environment Excellence Award 2010-Silver' for outstanding achievement in Environment Management in fertiliser sector. Emphasis was also laid on improving the infrastructure to ensure that the plants run smoothly without any safety hazard, he said adding IFFCO is exporting surplus power to GRIDCO, Orissa after meeting its own requirement. Phospho-Gypsum is sold to cement plants for agricultural purposes in various parts of the country, Patel said.

April 7, 2011 - The Paradip plant of Indian Farmers' Fertilizer Cooperative Ltd (Iffco) has achieved a record production of 16.62 lakh tons, thereby exceeding the annual target of 16.30 lakh tonnes during 2010-11.  The company also broke all its previous records by producing highest amount of phosphoric acid, sulphuric acid , Di-ammonium phosphate and electric power.  During 2010-11, the company achieved a capacity utilization of 94.8 per cent of its complex fertilizer plant, surpassing the previous record of 90 per cent achieved in 2009-10.  In the same period, the company almost doubled its phosphoric acid exports to 71,556 tonnes, according to a company release.

August 29, 2010 - Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL), a former public sector unit now run by the K K Birla Group, will invest about Rs 500 crore to set up new plants and undertake major expansion work over the next three years.  “As per the plans, about Rs 250 crore will be spent on setting up a new 2000-tonne-per-day Sulphuric Acid plant and a new gypsum pond at an investment of Rs 100 crore, besides debottlenecking and upgrading the existing Phosphoric Acid plant by spending about Rs 70 crore,” PPL managing director, S Nandurdikar said here on Saturday.   This apart, the Company will set up a 20 MW captive cogeneration power plant.  As part of a diversification programme, the company also plans to add some new items to its basket of products, including two new micro-nutrients and pesticides, Mr Nadurdikar said.  “Accelerating the drive to expand its portfolio, PPL is also planning to introduce ammonia/urea, besides gearing up to set up a state-of-the-art soil testing laboratory in Bhubaneswar,” the MD informed.  In 2009-10, PPL achieved production of 12.12 lakh metric tonnes of DAP and complex fertilizers. Among the intermediary products, Sulphuric Acid and Phosphoric Acid productions were recorded at 6,35,520 MTs and 2,24,500 MTs, respectively.

July 14, 2010 - IFFCO's Paradeep phosphoric acid plant, the world’s largest, has achieved a more than 100% capacity utilisation, marking an important progress in reducing India s dependence on imported phosphoric acid.  Against an installed capacity of 2650 tonnes/day, the plant produced 2700 tonnes on Saturday, 10th July, 2010.  India is stockpiling imported fertilisers in anticipation of normal monsoons and a bumper harvest even as global prices go up.  Import price for sulphur has shot up to between $152-205/tonne. For rock phosphate, import prices gone up in the range of $130/tonne(Morocco) to $95/tonne (Egypt).  Both sulphur and rock phosphate are key ingredients for the manufacture of phosphoric acid and both ingredients are mainly imported into the country. During last fiscal, despite raw material constraints Iffco produced 4.62 lakh tonne of Phosphoric acid at its Paradeep unit. IFFCO Paradeep is now the country's largest phosphatic fertilizer complex with world s largest single stream phosphoric acid plant.  Managing Director, Iffco, Dr.U.S.Awasthi said We have achieved significant improvement in capacity utilization, despite certain constraints, including original design deficiencies.

June 14, 2010 - The Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Ltd (Iffco) plans to invest around Rs 500 crore to retrofit and augment the capacity of its phosphatic/complex nutrients plant here to 30 lakh tonnes (lt) a year .   The Paradeep facility – which the Rs 17,000-crore cooperative acquired from the Abhey Oswal Group in October 2005 – now has a rated annual production capacity of 19.20 lt of di-ammonium phosphate (DAP) and other nitrogen-phosphorous (NP) fertilisers.   Since its takeover, Iffco has managed to raise the output of this once-ailing unit from 0.30 lt in 2005-06, to 7.50 lt in 2006-07, 8.66 lt in 2007-08 and 13.06 lt in 2008-09. During the fiscal ended March 31, 2010, production touched 15 lt: 4.02 lt DAP and 10.98 lt of NP complexes.  “We have significantly improved capacity utilisation. But there are certain constraints, including original design deficiencies, that need to be addressed, for which we envisage investments of Rs 500 crore or so,” Mr M.R. Patel, Executive Director, Iffco, told visiting presspersons. 
The existing plant, based on the technology of Jacobs Engineering (US), has three production streams of 2,090 tonnes a day each.  “The plant's main problem is that it is a steel structure with asbestos sheets. This structure is not suited for the humid and saline environment here, as the moist air entering the building can come into contact with DAP, which is a hygroscopic (water-absorbing) material. The steel structure also causes high vibration in the rotary equipment,” Mr Patel said.  Iffco proposes to put up a fourth DAP/NP stream built on more solid reinforced cement concrete structure. It will also employ the latest ‘dual pipe reactor technology,' as opposed to the present ‘pre-neutraliser reactor' process.  “Our Kandla (Gujarat) plant is already using this technology supplied by Hindustan Dorr-Oliver. Once the fourth stream comes up, we can shut down and retrofit the other three one at a time. Through this, we will able to raise the production capacity here to 30 lt over the next 2-3 years,” he added.  Iffco's Kandla unit produced 23.74 lt of fertilisers in 2009-10. However, Kandla, unlike Paradeep, imports its entire phosphoric acid and ammonia for production of DAP/complexes.
The Paradeep complex, on the other hand, houses the world's largest phosphoric acid and India's biggest sulphuric acid facilities, with capacities of 8.745 lt and 23.10 lt, respectively.  The basic ingredients for phosphoric acid manufacturing are rock phosphate (wholly imported) and sulphuric acid (its raw material, sulphur, is again mostly imported).  During last fiscal, Iffco produced 4.62 lt of phosphoric acid and 14.28 lt of sulphuric acid at Paradeep.  “Today, we cannot operate our phosphoric acid and sulphuric acid facilities at full capacity due to capacity constraints in the DAP/NP line. As a result, we are having to export surplus phosphoric acid to our own Kandla unit. This will change once the DAP/NP expansion happens,” Mr Patel said.  In 2009-10, the Paradeep plant imported 18.55 lt of rock phosphate from Jordan, Vietnam, Morocco and Egypt, while sourcing its sulphur and ammonia mainly from the Gulf countries.  “At full capacity, we will require about 37 lt of rock phosphate. This can be met substantially through our Australian mining joint venture (Legend International, in which Iffco holds 15.2 per cent) that provides for an annual buy-back of 25 lt. We expect supplies to start from this year-end,” he said.  The Paradeep acquisition cost Iffco Rs 2,237 crore. Subsequently, it has invested roughly another Rs 1,500 crore in revamping and infrastructure building in the complex, spread over 1,600 acres and with a captive jetty for unloading imported raw material at the adjacent deep-water port.

February 14, 2010 - A public hearing for environment clearance was held at PPL Township, Paradeep on 14th February 2010. PPL has proposed the De-bottlenecking, Retrofitting Sulphuric Acid and DAP Expansion Projects - related matters were discussed in the meeting.  The meeting was conducted by State Pollution Control Board in the presence of district administration officials representing the State Government. Representatives of local self Government, local residents and community members representing the cause of general public attended the meeting.  The meeting ended cordially with cooperation extended by all.

February 13, 2010 - Farmers and land losers have demanded the cancellation of the public hearing for Paradeep Phosphates Limited's (PPL) expansion project scheduled to be held on February 14 at the PPL township at Paradeep.  These farmers and land losers have urged that the meeting needs to be conducted at Kujang or Bhutmundei areas to ensure safety and free access for the locals.  The farmers and the land losers feel unsafe to enter the PPL township which is kept strictly prohibited for outsiders by the PPL authorities.  Moreover, the people affected by the PPL's expansion project are living 10 km from the PPL township and it would be inconvenient for them to attend the public meeting if it is conducted at the township.  PPL has decided to expand its 2000 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) sulphuric acid plant to 2400 mtpa and 2400 mtpa DAP (Di-Ammonium Phosphate) plant to 5000 mtpa.  The company proposed to have the environment impact assessment for its expansion project and accordingly, the Orissa State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) decided to conduct the public hearing on February 14 to seek the opinion of the locals.  Rabindranath Nayak, president of The Welfare Committee of the Farmers-Paradeep has also opposed the public hearing for PPL's expansion project at the PPL township.  He has instead demanded that the public hearing needs to be conducted either at Kujang or Butmundei.  Meanwhile, the farmers and the land losers have submitted a memorandum to the member secretary of OSPCB, the Jagatsinghpur district collector and other higher authorities, seeking change in the venue of the public meeting.  Meanwhile, Pitamber Tarai, convener of the locals Adhibasis has strongly protested the expansion plan of PPL on environmental grounds.  “Fertilizer plants are polluting the waters of the river and the sea by releasing chemical effluents into the water. They are also polluting the air and water with its emissions from the plant”, he alleged.

MTPD - Metric Tonne per Day           STPD - Short Ton per Day
MTPA - Metric Tonne per Annum      STPA - Short Ton per Annum
SA - Single Absorption
DA - Double Absorption

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