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Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  New projections: By 2018, LNG carrier glut to disappear.  The story behind India's declining gas production: Target fixing mechanism needs a fix .  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  Essar trumpets 1 mmscmd output from Raniganj field: No cheer for captive Rs 4500 crore ammonia-urea plant .  Oversupply in global LNG market-I: Why India can't take full advantage.  Oversupply in global LNG market-II: Monopolies keep the market from growing rapidly.  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  Acid prices higher than DAP price: Local industry senses a conspiracy.  Fertilizer offtake is 50% lower but gap is likely to be plugged says industry.  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  Energy saving and capacity expansion project: RFQs soon.  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  Why R.G. Rajan had to go.  Download Reports, Tenders and Newsclips.  JV for new units signed: Time to move in quickly.  PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-I: Structure put in place for Rs 18,000 crore of fresh investment.  PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-II: Nirependra Misra calls the shots.  PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-III:5 MMTPA LNG gasification project needed to feed new demand.  
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Jun 24: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Procurement of Ammonia Booster Compressors, Maharashtra [RCFL] Details
8Repairing of Fire Resistant Vermiculite Coating over main plant steel structure, Thal [RCFL] Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8National Fertilizers Limited bags Good Performance Award [Press Release] Details
8Full report of Urea sales [June 2016]  Details 

8Investor Presentation of Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited [2016] Details 
8Bohra Industries Limited: An Analysis Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following Newsclips: 
8Mineral Production during April 2016 Details 
8China remains biggest chemical fertilizer exporter to Nepal Details 

8Bathinda soil low in nitrogen content Details
8After arrival of monsoon, sowing begins in Belagavi district Details
8IOC to go ‘aggressive’ on petrochemicals Details
8Govt notifies uniform freight subsidy scheme for urea Details
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New projections: By 2018, LNG carrier glut to disappear
Jun 24: The glass is always half full or half empty, depending upon the perspective of the viewer.
8A fresh set of analysis seems have stepped up LNG demand projections. Robust demand from new countries is pushing a revision of the estimates.
8These analyses also claim that the current oversupply in LNG vessels will convert into a deficit within the next two years, contrary to predictions so far.
8Data shows that only six new orders for vessels were placed in the last 9 months and all of them were by established LNG shipping players.
8No new players are expected in the market as of now.
8As new LNG carrier orders have historically taken three years from order to delivery, vessels ordered now are likely be delivered only in in 2019/20
8By 2020, forecasts, a new set of forecasts claims that there will be a shortfall of  around 40 vessels.
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The story behind India's declining gas production: Target fixing mechanism needs a fix
Jun 23: Something is wrong with India's gas production targets.
8It seems like targets are being fixed below the previous year's production and companies then benchmark their performance to the the lower set of targets for the current year.
8Behind this camouflage hides the story of an inexorable decline in production from India's gas fields.
8Natural gas production in May was not only less than last year's production by a wide margin, it was 2.56 % lower, at 2656.09 MMSCM, than the current year's target as well.
8The truth is that gas production was down 6.88% from May of last year.
8Cumulatively too, output for April-May, 2016 was at 5144.13 MMSCM which is 2.04 percent lower than target for the period and 6.86 percent lower for the same period last year.
Comment: The entire target fixing system needs a systematic review. There is always talk of higher production but the ground reality is different. The targets are settled in an MOU with the government but the review mechanism is weak. There has been talk of revamping the benchmarking system but no progress has been made so far.
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Jun 23: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Technical audit of high capacity centrifugal pumps for optimization of pumping efficiency in Trombay unit [RCFL]  Details
8Supply and Installation of Perlite Block Insulation on steam pipelines, Trombay [RCFL] Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8PPP and Procurement Training Workshop for top 33 Smart Cities: A Report Details
8Investment Advisory Group Presentation [June 2016]  Details 

8Concession Rates of Decontrolled Fertilizers [June 2016] Details 
8Saudi Arabian Fertilizer Company: An Analysis Details
8Indian State Firms to invest $3B to revive Mothballed Fertilizer Plants: An Overview Details

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For reference purposes the website carries here the following Newsclips: 
8IOC to join NTPC, CIL for fertilizer projects Details 
8Monsoon makes progress in North-West Details 

8Officials told to stop sale of substandard seeds, fertilizer in Davangere Details
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Essar trumpets 1 mmscmd output from Raniganj field: No cheer for captive Rs 4500 crore ammonia-urea plant
Jun 22: Essar has issued a press release that it has been able to scale up CBM production to the 1 mmscmd level in its Raniganj field.
8But that does not seem to bring any cheer to the captive Rs 4500 crore ammonia-urea complex built by the Matix Fertilizers and Chemicals Ltd  adjacent to the field.
8The project has been completed but is now stranded for want of adequate gas from the Raniganj field.
8The urea complex needs 2.4 mmscmd of gas to be able to run at full capacity.
8There are technological constraints in operating with just 1 mmscmd of gas.
8If the Matix plant is unable to lift the gas, Essar will face an evacuation problem as well.
8The field's plateau production rate is 3 mmscmd of CBM gas but it remains a moot point when production will be scaled up to that level.
8Will the Matix plant have to wait for the Jagdishput Haldia pipeline to come up for its eventual quota of gas? That will be a long and painful wait indeed.
8The urea plant was set up on someone else's promise.
8But then in India, promises are never kept
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Oversupply in global LNG market-I: Why India can't take full advantage
Jun 22: Is India really in a position to exploit the opportunities arising out of an oversupply of LNG in the global market?
8The answer is "No".
8And it is not as if the Indian market is not resilient or robust enough to absorb the fluctuation in price and the rise in supply that a free LNG market will entail.
8What erodes the big advantage that a buyers' market has bestowed on India is the inflexible and monopolistic gas infrastructure that the country has come to possess.
8Regulatory authorities have failed to implement common user conditions on gasification terminals and their attendant evacuation networks.
8The PNGRB had come out with a set of draft guidelines for registration of gasification terminals in India with a minimum common carrier caveat but they haven't been given teeth to yet.
8The government too had once said that 30% of a terminal's capacity should be available to others to use but it never followed up on its intention.
8The result of an absence of rules for sharing of infrastructure is a rigid system that is unable to take full advantage of global market forces at play.
8It is near-impossible for independent third party operators to work through this monopoly. If a distressed LNG cargo is available somewhere in the world -- and there can be many in today's over supplied scenario -- it cannot be brought to India unless it is funneled either through the terminal owner himself or a handful of companies which have ownership of infrastructure.
8The price transmission system to the ultimate buyer is opaque and the inelasticies mean that there is no automatic pass through of lower prices to the end consumer.
Oversupply in global LNG market-II: Monopolies keep the market from growing rapidly
Jun 22: The inflexibility of the current LNG infrastructure is forcing domestic buyers to create their own independent LNG terminals.
8Competitive forces cannot be kept under leash for too long and they have a way of finding a vent to the surface.
8Big buyers of gas are now looking at bypassing legacy gas infrastructure to set up their own FRSU based import terminals.
8While big promoters who have industries around the coast will benefit by setting up their own terminals, those who are further inland have another hurdle to cross and that is the monopoly pipeline networks of the likes of GAIL and GSPC.
8For an independent supplier of gas who does not own any infrastructure, negotiating a slot in an LNG terminal is a challenge in itself but a bigger hurdle will be to find a common pipeline carrier who will ferry his gas to the eventual buyer.
8The system just does favour independent third party use.
8An illustration of this is the mandate given by the government to ensure that at least 20% of the gas supplied to the fertilizer industry be bought through a tendering process. The tender is brought out by GAIL -- which is also the monopoly gas pool operator for the fertilizer industry -- and, except for an occasional bid by a GSPC or an IOC, they are few takers. ANy For any independent supplier, negotiating the entire supply chain, from the terminal to the buyer, is fraught with many uncertainties.
8The rigidity in the supply chain should be juxtaposed against the fact that India's gas pipeline infrastructure has large redundant capacity. 
8This means that there are choke points in the supply chain and regulators will have to step in to clear them up.
8It is time too for GAIL to be split up into its transmission and gas trading arms. If an actual split is not possible, an accounting separation can be good start.
8As the main regulator,  PNGRB has a lot of work to do. The petroleum ministry can also be a catalyst for change.
8There is a need for a set of comprehensive guidelines under which common carrier principles will operate not just with respect to the liquefaction terminals but down the pipeline chain to the eventual buyer.
8The gas market in India cannot grow as fast as policy makers want it to, unless the underlying problems are speedily resolved.
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Jun 22: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Procurement of Biocide, Chennai [MFL]  Details
8Supply of Valves required for Ammonia Plant [RCFL] Details
8Handling and Transportation contract of Fertilizers for Narsinghpur Rake Point [NFL] Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8Krishak Bharati Cooperative Limited: An Analysis Details
8Appointment of Non-Official Directors on the Board of Madras Fertilizers Limited [Press Release]  Details 

8Credential of Agromet Advisory Services [Press Release] Details 
84th National Conference and Awards on Waste to Wealth Details
8MRP and subsidy rates of urea [DOF] Details

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For reference purposes the website carries here the following Newsclips: 
8FACT employees to meet Union Minister today Details 
8Positive on fertiliser space, Chambal Fertiliser top pick: Diwan Details 

8NTPC, Coal India, others In Rs 20,000-Crore venture to revive Mothballed Fertiliser Plants Details
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Acid prices higher than DAP price: Local industry senses a conspiracy
Jun 21: Local producers of decontrolled fertilizers are crying foul over what it calls an attempt by the international producers' cartel to subvert the Indian industry.
8This is reportedly being done by keeping imported DAP prices are at a much lower level than phos acid prices.
8The attempt seems to be to keep imported raw material prices at a higher level while selling the finished product at a lower price.
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Fertilizer offtake is 50% lower but gap is likely to be plugged says industry
Jun 21: The late offset of the monsoons has caused germination failures in Rajasthan, MP, Andhra Pradesh as farmers planted seeds in anticipation of the monsoons.
8The germination failure was due to high ground temperatures.
8Offtake of fertilizers as of now is 50% lower than expected
8However with the monsoon now advancing ahead after having stalled for about a 7 to 10 days means that business will be brisk in the coming days
8The fertilizer industry hopes that the gap in offtake will be plugged soon.
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Jun 21: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8ARC for repairs and rewinding of LT Motors, Mumbai [RCFL]  Details
8Calibration and Testing of Dry Gas Seal of Ammonia Refrigeration Compressor-III of Ammonia Plant [RCFL] Details
8Clearing and Forwarding Agent for Dry Bulk Fertilizers, Chennai [MFL] Details
8Assistance in Lubrication of Machinery, Safety & Pollution Control measures in Ammonia & Urea Line-I and Line-II Plant [NFL] Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
87th GPCA Fertilizer Convention Program [2016] Details
8Agrometeorological Advisory Bulletin [Madhya Pradesh]  Details 

8Agrometeorological Advisory Bulletin [Tamil Nadu] Details 
8Effect of combination of Soil Granular NPK and Foliar Liquid Fertilizer on Nutrients Uptake: A Paper  Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following Newsclips: 
8Tata Chemicals declines on plan to suspend production of DAP at Haldia plant in West Bengal Details 
8MFL taking steps to wipe out losses Details 

8Good monsoon to push GDP growth to 8% in FY17: Shaktikanta Das Details
8Monsoon finally arrives in drought- hit Maharashtra, 90% of state receiving rains: MeT Dept Details
8PM Narendra Modi sets infrastructure targets for ministries to speed up action Details
8CIL-NTPC JV to revive fertiliser plants at Sindhri, Gora Details
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Jun 20: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Replacement of HPGV Regenerator Insulation including Scaffolding Works in Ammonia Plant-II, Thal [RCFL]  Details
8Procurement of Portable Hand-held Ultrasonic Thickness Tester, Mumbai [RCFL]  Details
8Re-tubing of Aluminium Tube Bundle for Bi-carbonation Tower, Mumbai [RCFL]  Details
8Control Valve removal and fixing in Ammonia & Urea Plants [MFL] Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8Road Freight rates for Urea manufacturing/ importing units under the uniform freight subsidy scheme [DOF] Details
8Revised rates for the direct movement of fertilizers by road from Plant/ Port upto 500 Kms [DOF]   Details 

8Environmental governance under two years of NDA government: An Analysis Details 
8Listing of Equity Shares of Nagarjuna Fertilizers and Chemicals Limited   Details
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8New App promises to tell indian farmers when to sow crops Details 
8Successive governments let FACT down: Unions Details 

8Ex-FCI workers seek pending dues Details
8Farmers to benefit from IFFCO's neem scheme  Details
8Organic growers to conduct marketing study Details
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Energy saving and capacity expansion project: RFQs soon
Jun 17: An existing company is planning an energy saving cum expansion plan in India.
8The ammonia unit capacity is sought to be raised by about 90,000 tonnes and urea by 150,000 tonnes.
8Energy consumption of the urea plan is sought to be reduced from from 6.5 Gcal/ton to 5.75 Gcal/ ton and ammonia from 9.6 Gcal/ton to 8 Gcal /ton.
Following are the requirement of raw materials.
8Ammonia 160000 MT
8Phosphoric acid (100% P2O5) 334000 MT
8Muriate of Potash (MOP) 277000 MT
8Sulphuric acid 33000 MT
8Furnace Oil 6500 MT
Following are the highlights:
8Prefeasibility report is completed
8Contractor selection is underway
8Capital approval is underway
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Jun 17: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Supply of Complex Fertilizers, Maharashtra [RCFL]  Details
8ARC for maintenance contract for Rotork Make Actutor in Ammonia and NSGP Plant, Mumbai [RCFL]  Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8NFL head Manoj Mishra gets additional charge as RCF's CMD [Press Release] Details
8Full report of FG-wise Decontrolled Fertilizer sales [June 2016]  Details 

8Agrometeorological Advisory Bulletin [Chattisgarh] Details 
8Amendment of Recruitment Rules for the post of Director [Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare]  Details
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8NFL head Manoj Mishra gets additional charge as Rashtriya Chemicals & Fertilizers' CMD Details 
8NTPC and Coal India form JV Hindustan Urvarak & Rasayn Ltd Details 

8Nature farming idea begins to germinate Details
8State ready to provide land for fertiliser plant Details 

8‘Ensure stock of seeds, fertilizer’ Details
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Why R.G. Rajan had to go
Jun 16: Why Rajan had to go
8R.G Rajan has stepped down as the CMD of RCF and Monoj Misra has taken over as the acting CMD.
8Rajan still had one-and-half years to go after having completed his five-year tenure
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Impact of industry's meeting with the Prime Minister
8Industry officials have had a one-on-one meeting with the Prime Minister some time ago.
8Surprisingly, the meeting took place without the presence of any DOF officials.
8Subsequently, the PMO had sent a six point questionnaire to the DOF on certain outstanding issues.
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Jun 16: For reference purposes the website carries here the following tenders:
8Carrying out Conveyor Structure Renewal, Chennai [MFL]  Details
8Blades replacement and high speed dynamic balancing of steam turbine rotor [RCFL]  Details
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For reference purposes the website carries here the following reports:
8Some nutrient prices rally despite soft tone to industry [American Fertilizer Weekly] Details
8Minutes of the meeting of the Crop Weather Watch Group [Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare]  Details 

8Full report of company-wise Decontrolled Fertilizer sales [June 2016] Details 
8KRIBHCO Shyam Fertilizers Limited: An Analysis  Details
8Different types of Eco-Friendly Fertilizers: An Overview  Details 
8Selection for the post of Director in Hindustan Organic Chemicals Limited [Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers]  Details 
8NTPC, CIL incorporate JV to revive Fertilizer Corporation plants [Press Release]  Details
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8Government has agreed to release Rs 485cr subsidy: Deepak Fertilizers Details 
8NITI Aayog to organise Workshop on Water, Wastewater and Solid Waste Management Details 

8Freight rates for the direct road movement of fertilizers upto 500 Km from plant/port to block level approved Details
8Cabinet approves Memorandum of Understanding with Taiwan for cooperation in the field of Agriculture and Allied Sector  Details
8Centre approves revival package of Barauni's HPCL unit Details
832 PSUs on NITI list for divestment Details
8NTPC, Coal India Incorporate Joint Venture To Revive Fertilizer Corporation Plants Details
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JV for new units signed: Time to move in quickly
Jun 16: Time has already arrived for both gas suppliers and equipment and service providers to begin working on Coal India Ltd, NTPC and even Indian Oil Corporation for business development purposes.
8The PMO instructions are clear: that urea-ammonia plants must come up in syncronization with GAIL's Plulpur-Haldia pipeline.
8These companies have little or no idea about urea-ammonia complexes and they will need all the help they can garner.
8The first movers will have a big advantage.
8It is learnt that IOC may have an advantage is pushing gas supply contracts with the promoters as it is also one of the equity partners in the holding company.
8As for technology suppliers, EIL is expected to push hard for a slice of the action on the basis of being a public sector company.
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PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-I: Structure put in place for Rs 18,000 crore of fresh investment
Jun 15: The Principal Secretary to the Prime Minster on Monday, in a meeting that lasted only 20 minutes, put into shape a special purpose vehicle (SPV) that will set up three fertilizer projects worth Rs 18,000 crore.
8As much as 89% of the equity of the SPV, dubbed Hindustan Urvarak Ltd, will be controlled by three cash rich public sector companies, Coal India Ltd (CIL), National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), while the rest of the money will come in the form of land and existing infrastructure from the ailing Hindustan Fertilizer Corporation (HFC) and Fertilizer Corporation  of India (FCI).
8Pertinently, none of the three companies have any previous fertilizer sector experience.
 The PMO has decided that FCI’s Sindri unit with be put up by Coal India, FCI’s Gorakhpur by NTPC and HFC’s Barauni plant by IOC instead of ONGC, which was previously shortlisted, as the former has a refinery at Barauni.
8This is a clear top-down decision by none other than the Principal Secretaru to push through three fertilizer plants in politically sensitive parts of India after the private sector did not respond to tenders taken out by the government to build them.
8The government is stepping in when the private sector is not willing to invest.
PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-II: Nirependra Misra calls the shots
Jun 15: Nirpendra Misra is a man who was picked up from retirement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to be his Principal secretary.
8Misra is a no-nonsense officer and commands immense respect in New Delhi's power structure.
8He is undoubtedly a man who has the Prime Minister's ear. He is the points man who gets things done.
8And Misra knows the fertilizer sector well, having served as a secretary in the Department of Fertilizers (DOF) earlier.
8Many credit him with the idea of getting the government to bankroll the construction of big ticket fertilizer projects in India at a time when private sector investment was scarce not just in the fertilizers but in other segments of the economy.
8After the private sector turned recalcitrant, it was Misra who thought up the idea of cash rich public sector companies investing to set up these projects.
8He also did not appreciate an attempt by the DOF to retain its hegemony over the SPV. The proposal by the Department of Fertilizers to retain a grip on the SPV -- by ensuring that fertilizer PSUs keep a majority stake -- was shot down by the Principal Secretary in the meeting on Monday.
8He thought the an SPV is better run independently though it is yet to be settled which administrative ministry will be handling it.
PMO pushes for new fertilizer capacity-III:5 MMTPA LNG gasification project needed to feed new demand
Jun 15: Of the seven new standard sized urea-ammonia units units that are being set up, six of them are now coming up with full government funding.  
8Contracts have been awarded for two units.
8And within the next one-and-half years, the website predicts from movement on the ground that contracts for construction of all seven units are likely to awarded.
8In all, 9 MMTPA of new urea capacity will erected in India within the next three to five years.
8This is good news for gas suppliers as additional demand for 17 mmscmd of gas is to be created in the process.
8This can keep a 5 MMTPA LNG gasification unit running at full capacity for an entire year.
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