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KBR wins ammonia plant contract for Indian greenfield urea project

KBR Inc. has announced that it has been awarded an ammonia plant contract by Toyo Engineering Corp. for the Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Ltd (HURL) greenfield urea project in Gorakhpur, India.

Under the terms of the contract, KBR claims that it will provide licensing and basic engineering design (LBED) services for the project.

HURL is a joint venture (JV) formed by three major Indian public sector companies – Coal India Ltd, NTPC Ltd and Indian Oil Corp. Ltd – in cooperation with Fertilizer Corp. of India Ltd and Hindustan Fertilizer Corp. Ltd.

The Gorakhpur plant is an important milestone for the Indian Government towards making the country self-sufficient in urea production. It is also the first initiative of its kind by the government since the last set of plants were constructed more than 10 years ago. KBR claims that Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, laid the foundation stone of the project in July 2016.

John Derbyshire, President, KBR Technology & Consulting, said: “We are pleased that KBR’s ammonia technology has been selected for the first greenfield urea plant being set-up by HURL as part of this initiative by the Government of India.

“This project will be an important milestone for India to meet its urea demand and KBR is honoured and proud to be a part of this project.”

Arun Kumar Gupta, the Managing Director of HURL, added: “HURL project at Gorakhpur shows the commitment and support of Government of India, Niti Aayog, Department of Fertilizer under Indian Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers and promoter companies, towards the Indian Fertilizer sector.

“We believe that with best technologies and project management practices, this project will fulfil our vision of growth, efficiency and building national self-sufficiency.”

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