New Delhi: The Rs 13,270 crore Talcher Fertiliser Urea Plant project has been delayed by about six months. The original target of the completion of the project is September 2023.

This was revealed at a high level review meeting chaired by union chemicals & fertilisers minister DV Sadananda Gowda, here on Tuesday.

Talcher Fertilisers Limited (TFL), a joint venture company promoted by GAIL, CIL, RCF and FCIL, is setting up an urea unit of 12.7 lakh tonnes per annum (tpa) capacity at Talcher in Odisha’s Angul district. TFL will be the first of its kind in the country to employ coal gasification technology for production of urea.

The union minister said: The COVID situation may have delayed the execution of the project at present. But, we must be prepared to compensate current delay by faster execution in future so that the project is commissioned by deadline of September 2023. When commissioned TFL along with other four revival projects at Ramagundam, Gorakhpur, Barauni and Sindri will be able to realise the vision of the prime minister to achieve self-sufficiency in urea production.

“The successful completion of the project is expected to reduce India’s dependency on imported urea and will create hundreds of direct and indirect employments”, Gowda added.

TFL Managing director SN Yadav and director(operations) S. Gawade were present in the review meeting.