Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers

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Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited(ಮಂಗಳೂರು ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ಮತ್ತು ರಸಗೊಬ್ಬರ ಕಾರ್ಖಾನೆ)
Type Public Limited
Traded as BSE530011
Industry Fertilizers and Chemicals
Founded 1974
Headquarters Bangalore, India
Key people Vijay Mallya, Chairman
Products Fertilizers, Chemicals
Revenue Green Arrow Up.svg US$ 0.711 billion (2010-11)
Parent UB Group
Website www.mangalorechemicals.com

Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers Limited, with a turnover Rs. 2,523.83 crores (2010–11), is the only manufacturer of chemical fertilizers in the state of Karnataka, India. It is situated in the port city of Mangalore, opposite to the New Mangalore Port Trust (NMPT) on the other side of the Kochi - Panvel national highway NH 66 (formerly NH 17) and on the banks of the Gurupur river.
The company is part of the UB group with this group having a shareholding of 22% as of March,2013 quarter in Mangalore Chemicals as promoter shareholding according to the data published at the site, moneycontrol.com. Though, on 3.7.2013, another company not belonging to UB group,viz., Deepak Fertilizers (through its subsidiary) bought 24.46% shares of Mangalore Chemicals. Vijay Mallya is the Chairman of the Board of Directors. Deepak Anand is the current Managing Director of the company. The company's corporate and registered office is located in UB City, Bangalore and its factory unit is in Mangalore.
The company deals with fertilizers like Urea, Diammonium phosphate, granulated fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, soil conditioners, Muriate of potash, soil micronutrients, specility fertilizers, food grade Ammonium bicarbonate, industrial chemicals like Sulphuric acid and Sulphonated granulated fertilizers. The marketing offices of MCF are located in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharastra and Tamil Nadu.

Overview of MCF[edit]

Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilizers Limited was started in 1966 with Dugal Enterprises Private Limited, New Delhi as its first promoters. The company was originally registered in New Delhi as Malabar Chemicals and Fertilizers Private Limited. The name of the company was changed to its present name in August 1971. Since Dugal Enterprises and International Development and Investment Company Limited of Nassau, Bahamas, (IDI) withdrew as promoters in early 1969, it was left to then Government of Mysore to pursue the project. The construction work started with the first pile driven on October 15, 1972 by the then Chief Minister of Mysore, Devaraj Urs.
In 1990, Government of Karnataka selected the UB group to take over the management of MCF, which was then a potential sick unit, with losses to the tune of about 600 million rupees. Since then the company is being managed by a team under the leadership of Vijay Mallya.

Infrastructure[edit]

Manufacturing facilities

The company has capacity to manufacture 2,17,800MT of Ammonia (intermediate product), 3,79,500MT of Urea, 2,55,500MT of Phosphatic fertilizers (DAP & NP 20:20:00:13), 15,330MT of Ammonium bicarbonate (ABC), 33,000MT of Sulphuric acid and 21,450MT of Sulphonated naphthalene formaldehyde (SNF) annually.
The design and engineering of the Ammonia/Urea plants was done by Humphreys & Glasgow Limited, London, a leading international firm in the fertilizer field and their associates, Humphreys & Glasgow Consultants Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai. (The firm is now merged with Jacobs Engineering, USA). The Phosphatic plant was designed and engineered by Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan. Indian firms PDIL and Furnace Fabrica designed and constructed the ABC and Sulphuric acid plant respectively.
In 2010, MCF foryaed into the manufacture of suphonated naphthalene formaldehyde (SNF). SNF is a speciality basic chemical used in construction industry. It is largely consumed in formulation of concrete admixtures which facilitate dispersion of the cement particles and increases the rate of hydration resulting in usage of less water for concrete mixture.
In 2003, the company implemented SAP R/3 for its entire operation.

Utilities

  • Cooling water system - 16,600 m3/h circulation rate.
  • Water De-mineralizing plant - 120 m3/h capacity.
  • Nitrogen plant - 650 Nm3/h of gaseous nitrogen and equivalent 50 Nm3/h of liquid nitrogen.
  • Instrument Air Compressor with Instrument Air drier - 1,500 Nm3/h capacity.
  • Product Handling - There are four streams for Urea and three streams for phosphatic fertilizers for bagging and dispatch.
  • Auxiliary Boiler - The Ammonia and Urea plants are supplemented with an auxiliary boiler of 60 MT/h steam capacity at 75 kg/cm2 pressure and 480°C.
  • Purge Gas Recovery Unit (PGRU) - The productivity of the Ammonia plant was increased by installing a PGRU in May 1984 of 4,800 Nm3/h capacity.
  • Captive Power Plant - To overcome the frequent interruptions in power supply, resulting in equipment failure and wastage of energy during shut down and start ups of the process plants, a Captive Power Plant with Wärtsilä Diesel Engine was commissioned in 1985. This has ensured smooth functioning and improved life of all the plants and critical equipment through the steady supply of quality power captively produced. The 48MW captive power plant complex consists of 8 units of Wärtsilä 18V32 DG sets each of 6MW capacity. The power plant generation voltage is 11,000V at 50 Hz. The power plant meets the total power requirement of the entire complex.
  • Imported Ammonia & Phosphoric Acid Terminal - The terminal facilitates direct unloading of ammonia and phosphoric acid from a ship. Ammonia is stored in a 10,000MT atmospheric pressure storage tank and Phosphoric acid is stored in two tanks each of 8,000MT capacity.
  • Water Reservoir - The entire complex requires 2 Million Gallons (MG) per day of clarified water which is supplied by Mangalore City Corporation from Netravathi river. In order to overcome the problem of water shortages, especially during summer, two reservoirs of 6MG and 18MG capacity were constructed within the factory premises.
  • Bulk Storage (Silo)- There are two separate silos to store 30,000MT and 10,000MT of Urea and Phosphatic fertilizers respectively.

Products[edit]

Manufactured products

  • Mangala Urea.
  • Mangala DAP.
  • Mangala Ambica (ABC).
  • Mangala 20:20:00:13.
  • ChemCF NL - Sulphonated Naphthalene Formaldehyde Liquid.
  • ChemCF NP - Sulphonated Naphthalene Formaldehyde Powder.
  • Suphuric acid (98%).[1]

Other products

  • Mangala MOP.
  • Speciality fertilizers - Mangala Bio20, Mangala 3X, Mangala Calmax, Mangala Sulphomex.
  • Fertigation products - Mangala 18:18:18+2MgO+TE, Mangala NPK 19:19:19.
  • Soil Conditoners - Mangala Setright for alkaline soil, Mangala Setright for acidic soil.
  • Organic products - Mangala Bio Gold, Mangala Gold, Mangala Neem Organic Manure, Mangala Organic Granules, Mangala Megacal.
  • Plant Nutrition products - Mangala Tur Special, Mangala GT Booster, Mangala Cotton Special, Mangala Chilli Special.[2]

Safety, Health, Environment and Pollution Control[edit]

The company has obtained Occupational Health and Safety Management System Certification OHSAS 18001 as a part of its commitment to continual improvement. Det Norske Veritas, the certification agency has recertified the company’s OHSAS 18001 system, conforming to the latest 2007 version.
As an ISO 14001 certified Company, the company installed waste water recovery facility to treat, recycle and reuse the entire quantity of sewage and process effluents, thereby achieving zero liquid effluent discharge. It has also implemented a rain water harvesting system and sewage treatment plant at its township. The treated sewage water is used for gardening purpose. Continuing with its green initiative, the company planted an additional 5000 saplings in the green belt area in its factory in Mangalore in 2010.

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