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Indian fertiliser feeds huge gas-import growth

Government demands for a switch to natural gas in urea production will further boost Indian demand, but domestic output cannot keep up with soaring consumption

INDIA is set to consume and import more natural gas as it strives to achieve self sufficiency in fertiliser production. Government officials are encouraging fertiliser factories to switch feedstocks – from expensive crude-oil derived naphtha to natural gas, which will increase the sector’s gas consumption by 25%. But despite ramping up domestic gas production over the past few years, India will have to import significantly more liquefied natural gas (LNG) to achieve its ambition. Fertiliser is crucial to the Indian economy not just because it helps improve crop yields; the agricultural sector also provides 70% of India’s population with employment. While some fertiliser production require

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