The inauguration of the Ghorashal-Palash Urea Fertilizer Factory in Narsingdi, Bangladesh, on November 12 marks a significant milestone in the country’s history. This is Bangladesh’s largest and first-ever green fertilizer factory in South Asia, and it has been coated with various high-performance coatings from Berger Paints.
This groundbreaking project, inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, is nearing completion and proudly stands as South Asia’s largest fertilizer plant. With an estimated daily production capacity of 2,800 metric tons of urea, 1,600 metric tons of granular ammonia, and an annual production capacity of 9,24,000 metric tonnes, the factory is committed to producing environmentally friendly “green fertilizer.” It ensures that no contaminants escape into the environment, as all environmental pollutants are captured and treated within the facility.
To ensure comprehensive protection against highly corrosive chemicals and mitigate the adverse effects of these chemicals, the steel structures within the factory have undergone meticulous coating. The high performance coatings from Berger Paints, including Jensolin Epoxy Zinc Rich Primer, Jensolin Epoxy MIO, Jensolin PU Enamel, Jensolin HHR Aluminum, BP Phenolic Epoxy HBTL, and BP Zinc Anode 304 NPC (Zinc Silicate), have been instrumental in fortifying the structures as per international guidelines.
Rupali Chowdhury, Managing Director of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited, remarked, “This project holds historic significance for our country as it marks the inception of Bangladesh’s largest fertilizer factory. Our unwavering commitment to sustainable practices resonates in our involvement in this project, and we take immense pride in delivering services and products that meet international standards.”
Mohsin Habib Chowdhury, Chief Operating Officer of Berger Paints Bangladesh Ltd., underscored, “The factory not only lessens our import reliance but also addresses the fertilizer shortage. Berger is thrilled to collaborate with the factory and play a role in ensuring the durable protection, ultimately contributing to the longevity as a humble contributor to this noteworthy endeavor.”
Initiated in October 2018, the energy-efficient, environmentally responsible, and technologically advanced fertilizer factory is expected to create direct and indirect employment opportunities for approximately 20,000 people once it reaches full operational capacity. The factory project comprises an ammonia plant, urea melt plants, a urea granulation facility, a water treatment plant, a wastewater treatment plant (WWTP), and a carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery plant. More than 850 Chinese employees from the China National Chemical Engineering & Construction Corporation Seven Ltd. (CC7), in collaboration with its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), have been working round the clock to complete the mega project as scheduled. This achievement reflects a commitment to sustainable and innovative practices, positioning Bangladesh on the global map of urea fertilizer production.