NFL is a Schedule ‘A’ and a Mini Ratna Category-1 Company which was incorporated on 23rd August, 1974 for implementation of two fertilizer plants, based on gasification technology of Feed Stock / LSHS at Bathinda in Punjab and Panipat in Haryana having an installed capacity of 5.11 lakh tones of Urea each. In April’ 1978 the Nangal Group of Plants of Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCI) were transferred to NFL upon reorganization of NFL-FCI. The Govt. of India, in 1984, entrusted the Company to execute the country’s first inland gas based fertilizer project of 7.26 lakh tones Urea capacity in District Guna in Madhya Pradesh. This project was completed well within time & approved cost and received the First prize for “Excellence in Project Management” from the Ministry of Program Implementation, Govt. of India. The Vijaipur plant commenced commercial production w.e.f. 1.7.1988. Subsequently, Expansion of Vijaipur Plant was taken up in 1993 for doubling its annual production capacity. The commercial production from Vijaipur Expansion Plant commenced w.e.f. 31.3.97. The Department of Fertilizer subsequently re-rated the annual installed capacity of Vijaipur Plants from 7.26 lakh tones of Urea to 8.64 lakh tones (each) with effect from 1st April 2000.
In order to sustain and enhance the Company’s growth, NFL successfully completed the revamping of Urea Plant at Nangal. Commercial production from this plant commenced w.e.f. 1.2.2001. The annual installed capacity of Nangal Plant, thus, increased from 3.30 lakh tones to 4.78 lakh tones of Urea. With the re-rating of installed capacities of Vijaipur Plants and revamp of Urea Plant at Nangal, the total annual installed capacity of Urea at NFL reached to 32.31 lakh tonnes.
Now the revamp projects for capacity augmentation & energy saving at Vijaipur-I & II have been commissioned on 24-04-2012 & 31-07-2012 respectively and the annual installed capacity of the Company has been enhanced to 35.68 lakh tonnes.
NFL is under the administrative control of Ministry of Chemicals & fertilizers, Department of Fertilizers. The authorized capital of the company as on 31-03-2012 stood at 1000 crore and the paid up capital at 490.58 crore, comprising Govt. of India share of 479 crore (97.64%) and remaining 11.58 crore (2.36%) held by financial institutions and others. Its Registered Office is at New Delhi & Corporate office at NOIDA (U.P).
Modernization and Expansion Projects:
With a view to consolidate its position as a market leader in Urea, projects of about 4700 crore are at various stages of implementation in Company’s various plants. The major ongoing schemes are:-
Revamp of fuel-oil based plants at Panipat, Bathinda & Nangal:
The Company has undertaken revamp of fuel-oil based plants at Panipat, Bathinda & Nangal for changeover of feedstock from Fuel-oil to Natural Gas. These projects involve a total investment of 4066 Crore and a completion period of 36 months from the zero date i.e. 29th January 2010. These projects are being implemented on Lump Sum Turnkey (LSTK) basis. Panipat & Bathinda projects are being implemented by M/s Larsen & Toubro (L&T) with process license from Halder Topsoe. Nangal project is being implemented by Consortium of M/s Tecnimont SPA Italy & M/s Tecnimont ICB Mumbai with process license from KBR. M/s Project & Development India Limited (PDIL) has been engaged as Project Management Consultant for all these three projects. The scheduled commissioning of the projects at Panipat & Bathinda is by January 2013 and at Nangal by December 2012.
Revamp of Vijaipur plants for Energy Saving & Capacity Enhancement & Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) project for Vijaipur:
The Company has undertaken Capacity augmentation of Ammonia & Urea plants at Vijaipur-I & II units including installation of Carbon Dioxide Recovery (CDR) plant at an investment of around 650 crore. The total urea capacity of Vijaipur units after commissioning of the project shall be 20.66 lakh tonnes per annum against 17.29 lakh tonnes per annum at present. Projects are scheduled to be commissioned during April / June 2012. CDR project is expected to beCommissioned in June 2012.
NFL in collaboration with M/s KRIBHCO & RCF has a joint venture company (JVC) named as "UravarakVidesh Limited" to explore investment opportunities abroad and within country in Nitrogenous, Phosphatic&Potassic sectors and to render consultancy services for setting up Projects in India & Abroad.
Company has also been awarded on nomination basis the revival of HFC’s Ramagundam and FCI’s Sindri Units in joint venture with M/s EIL & M/s SAIL respectively by GOI.
The Company, during 2011-12, produced 34.01 lakh tonnes of Urea (105.3% of installed capacity) as compared to 33.80 LMT in previous year. The company registered ever best production of 639568 tonnes of Neem Coated Urea during 2011-12 against 120067 tonnes during 2010-11.
The company, during 2011-12, sold 33.90 lakh tonnes of Urea against 33.59 LMT in last year. The company, during the year, achieved ever best sale of Industrial products worth
174 crore (Provisional) against
120 crore during 2010-11.During the year, the company sold 23124 MT of Ammonium Nitrate (Melt) worth
3762.05 lacs, a new product marketed this year, 49853 MT of Nitric Acid (equated 100% concentration level), 23124 MT of Ammonium Nitrate (Melt), 3395 MT of Sodium Nitrate, 1410 MT of Sodium Nitrite, 695352 NM3 of Argon, 10699 MT of Sulphur, 877817 NM3 of Liquid Oxygen etc.
During 2011-12, the Company registered a turnover of
7286 crore (provisional) against
5791 crore during 2010-11.The turnover is higher due to higher sales volume & increase in subsidy due to increased prices of petroleum products & Natural Gas and accountal of sales above cut-off quantity at Vijaipur-II on Import Parity Price of Urea.
Awards & Accolades
Company excelled in performance in various areas, which got recognition from various quarters during the year. The company has received “Excellent” rating for the MoU 2010-11 which is 11thexcellent rating in a row. Company has won the following prestigious awards during 2011-12:
a) Two state level Safety Awards viz. ‘WINNER’ for the year 2009 & ‘RUNNERUP’ for the year 2008 from Government of Haryana for “Lowest Frequency rate” for Panipat Unit.
b) First Award for excellence in ‘Cost Management’ in the category of Large Public sector Undertakings for 2010 from the Institute of Cost and Works Accountants of India (ICWAI), New Delhi.
c) “Business Achiever” Award in woman category by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India to Director (Finance), Ms Neeru Abrol. The evaluation of the award was done by a Jury panel of eminent persons with Mr. N.R. Narayana Murthy, chief mentor, Infosys as chairman.
d) Scope Excellence Award 2009-10 to Director (Finance), Ms Neeru Abrol for “Outstanding Woman Manager” among all the CPSEs from Hon’ble Prime Minister of India at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Corporate Social Responsibility and Agriculture Extension Activities:
During the year 2010-11 & 2011-12, company earmarked
3.0 crores & 3.25 crores respectively on CSR, against which a total expenditure of
1.90 crores has been incurred till 31-3-2012 (estimated) and
4.35 crores is being carried over to the year 2012-13 as per DPE guidelines. The details of the work carried out under CSR by Units and Marketing division in various districts viz. Guna, Hoshangabad & Indore in M.P., Jalgoan in Maharashtra, Solan in H.P., Nangal & Bathinda in Punjab, Panipat in Haryana, Jhansi and Badayun in U.P. and Mayurganj&Balsore in Odisha are as under:
a) Basic Amenities: Drinking water facility, Approach roads, Toilets, Water tank, Tube wells, Overhead tanks, Anganwadies, Compost structures like NADEP / Vermi Pits, training on low cost agriculture practices to the Farmers etc.
b) Children education: Provided Kitchen shed, Boundary wall, Sports infrastructure, Force lift pump, furniture, computers, ceiling Fans to the primary and middle schools in various villages situated in States of U.P, M.P, H.P & Haryana. 2245 beneficiaries were benefitted.
c) Women Empowerment: Provided Multipurpose Women empowerment centers, stitching & sewing machines, Floor and Masala Grinding Mill and training programs on stitching/Embroidery/Food processing/Beautician/Sanitary pad making/Soft toys making etc. under women empowerment initiative in the States of U.P, M.P & H.P. 312 beneficiaries were benefitted.
d) Afforestation: Around 73000 saplings planted.
e) Installation of Solar Lights: 45 Solar Lights were installed at 8 adopted villages in the States of U.P, M.P, H.P, Punjab& Haryana.
f) Children & Women Health Camps: 20 Children and Women Health camps were organized at various villages in the states U.P, M.P, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana and Maharashtra. 5546 beneficiaries were benefited by these camps.
g) Animal Health Camps: 20 Health camps were organized in various villages of States U.P, M.P, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. 7270 no. of beneficiaries were benefited by these camps.
h) Water Harvesting / Ground water recharging: 7 Water harvesting structures were constructed (4 stop dams in Bhopal zone, renovation of 2 ponds and construction of a water harvesting tank in Chandigarh zone)..
The company accords highest priority to industrial safety, Ecology & pollution control and has adopted 3R’s approach i.e reduce, reuse, recycle in an effort to have zero effulent discharge plants. Company has adopted an extensive Afforestation program. All the statutory standards are met by respective units.Silo system for collecting fly ash from ESP Hoppers using dense phase pneumatic conveying system has been installed at Panipat, Bathinda and Nangal Units for excavation of cash from the plants. This has helped to contain the ecological concerns in fly ash disposal.
All the Units are ISO 9001-2000 certified for Quality Management System, ISO- 14001 certified for Environment Management System and have received OHSAS- 18001 certification for occupational health and safety management system.Company is putting up a Carbon Dioxide Recovery plant of 450 MTPD capacity for recovery of CO2 from Flue gases of Primary Reformer at Vijaipur. This will help in reduction of discharge of greenhouse gases.
Human Resource Management:
The company has always believed that human resource is its most important asset and continues to work for its development and realization of its potential. To achieve growth and to foster motivational climate, several initiatives were taken up during the year. Modified Performance Related Pay Scheme for Executives and Non- Executives has been implemented and Group Productivity Allowance Scheme has also been introduced. The company has introduced Employees Economic & Social Rehabilitation Scheme, which protects the welfare of the family in case of demise/permanent disablement of employee during service. A new pension scheme for the benefit of employees is in the process of implementation.
During the year, to inculcate leadership qualities with high values, moral and ethics in all supervisory staff and managerial cadre. Manpower strength of the company as on 31.03.2012 was 4515 comprising of 1942 Executives and 2573 Non-Executives.
The Employer-Employee relationship continued to be harmonious during the year. There was no loss of production due to any adverse IR situation. The schemes for employees participation in Management continue to function succeefully. There were continuous interactions between the Management and employees representatives on various issues keeping in view the best interest of employees and the company.
The company continues to make efforts for improving employees health, well being and welfare and has taken steps for providing recreation, education and general welfare of employees.