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  • TATA CHEMICALS LIMITED TO COLLABORATE WITH DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY & CSMCRI FOR SULPHATE OF POTASH (SOP) RESEARCH PROJECT

    Published on August 23, 2010

    Tata Chemicals Limited today signed a public-private partnership with Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Central Salt & Marine Chemicals Research Institute (CSMCRI, Bhavnagar- a constituent body of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, New Delhi), under the guidance of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) and Department of Fertilizers (DoF). This collaboration will endeavour to setup a 3 tons per day (TPD) Sulphate of Potash (SOP) joint research project at its site in Mithapur on the western coast of Gujarat and use an internationally patented process developed by CSMCRI.

    Of the sixteen essential elements required for plant growth, Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P) and Potassium (K) constitute the three primary nutrients. Global trends demonstrate that Potassium deficiency is looming large as replenishment in the soil is less than what is being mined. Currently India imports about 4 to 5 million tonnes of potash based fertilizer. CFR (India) price of MOP is $370 (Rs. 17,000) per Metric Ton (MT) whereas that of SOP is about $640 (Rs. 30,000) per MT.

    Dr. Arup Basu, COO – Chemicals (India), Tata Chemicals Limited, said, “For India, this situation is doubly alarming as the entire K requirement of the country is imported and no domestic sources have been developed for Potash. In light of this, we endeavour to develop and utilize indigenous potash technology. We believe that this SOP project has potential to bring relief to the country’s ever burgeoning fertilizer subsidy bill as the prices of potassic fertilizers continue on their upward trajectory.”

    SOP is a superior Potassic fertilizer compared to Muriate Of Potash (MOP) because it has the lowest salt index and is virtually free from chlorides. In addition it is a source of sulphur (S), another essential nutrient for soil. Indigenous SOP will provide a major benefit in terms of sustained soil fertility.

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