DIBRUGARH, Oct 26 - The Union government has finally approved setting up of the Namrup IV project at the Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL) site, around 49 km from here.
In a letter addressed recently to the Chairman and Managing Director, BVFCL, Namrup, the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Department of Fertilizers, said that the �competent authority has approved the proposal in principle for setting up of Namrup IV project at BVFCL site on nomination basis proposing equity partnership of 52 per cent to RCF, 26 per cent to OIL, 11 per cent to Government of Assam and 11 per cent to BVFCL�.
The demand for the fourth unit of BVFCL was raised by several organisations, including the Namrup Fertilizer Shramik Union, in the past. The demand for the fourth unit came about after the survival of the industry was at stake due to the apathy of the Union government as the ageing plants (Namrup I, II and III) had outlived their life span and their production capacity declined drastically.
The BVFCL, established in 1969, happens to be the first factory in the country to use natural gas as basic raw material for producing nitrogenous fertilizer. It is the only fertilizer manufacturing plant in the North East to produce urea for supply to farmers and tea gardens at a subsidized rate. Apart from the country, the industry also exports urea to foreign nations like Bangladesh and Nepal.