Steps to Increase Domestic Production of Ammonium Nitrate

Mar 30:Presently, Coal India Limited (CIL) has Regular Running Contracts with 12 domestic private explosive manufacturers for Bulk explosives; 06 domestic private explosive manufacturers for Large Dia explosives, and 04 domestic private explosive manufacturers for Permitted explosives. CIL also has a parallel Long Term Running Contract with M/s Indian Oil Corporation Limited for the supply of bulk explosives. Eight private explosive firms are supplying SME Explosives to SCCL. Further, SCCL has two captive explosive manufacturing plants with a total capacity of 50,000 tonnes.

There are 4 manufacturers of High-Density Ammonium Nitrate (HDAN) in the country and the domestic production of HDAN is not sufficient to meet the requirement for manufacturers of various kinds of explosives used for coal mining, non-coal mining, and infrastructure projects. Therefore, explosive manufacturers use a mix of domestic and imported AN manufacturers of explosives. As per the information available in the public domain, Russia has banned the export of Ammonium Nitrate (AN). This has affected the supply of explosives to some extent. In order to ensure an uninterrupted supply of explosives for smooth production of Coal, Government has taken steps to increase the domestic production of Ammonium Nitrate in the country.

This information was given by the Union Minister of Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Pralhad Joshi in a written reply in  Lok Sabha today.


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