Southeast Asia's largest fertilizer plant will be inaugurated on November 12. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the newly constructed 'Ghorashal-Palash Urea Fertilizer Factory' in Polash upazila of Narsingdi district. The factory will produce 9,24,000 metric tonnes of urea fertilizer annually. It is known that this fertilizer factory will reduce import dependence along with filling the shortage of fertilizers within the country. The work of the fertilizer factory has already been completed. Once the factory is operational, about 30,000 people will be directly and indirectly employed.
According to the project officials, the world's most sophisticated parts have been used to build this factory. The construction work was completed two months ahead of schedule. As a result, the factory is also fully ready for the inauguration. At the same time, the factory has started producing experimental fertilizers.
GPUF General Manager (Operations) ASM Mosleh Uddin said, "Equipment has been brought from good places of the world such as Europe, America and Japan and installed here. At the end of the installation, we went for an individual mechanical test. After succeeding in the mechanical test, I gradually went into production and succeeded.
Rajiur Rahman Mollick, project director of Ghorashal-Polash Urea Fertilizer Project, said, "Ghorashal Polash Fertilizer Factory is the first urea fertilizer factory in Bangladesh. Here all the environmental pollutants will be captured and treated. Earlier, we used to release flowgas into the sky. Now we won't let it fly. We will increase production by taking carbon dioxide, the main component of flowgas, and reprocessing it.
"This is the first time in Bangladesh that we call it a green fertilizer," he said, adding that 280 metric tonnes of fertilizer will be produced daily. We will not allow any contaminants to go out.
On October 24, 2018, the government took the initiative to build a high-capacity, energy-efficient, environment-friendly and modern technology-based fertilizer factory. Then on March 10, 2020, the work of Ghorashal-Polash urea fertilizer project started. A Chinese contractor named CC7 and a contractor named Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Limited of Japan were responsible for this. Construction is scheduled to be completed in December 2023. However, the project was completed two months before it expired. The factory is now producing experimental fertilisers.