RCF is planning to expand its production capacity at its Thal-based facility. The expansion comes at a time when construction plans for its facilities in South Africa and Mozambique have been stalled
After a year of deliberation, India’s largest fertiliser maker by capacity and revenue, Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers Ltd (RCF) has decided to enhance production capacity at its facility located at Thal near Mumbai, said a senior official.
"There is greater demand for urea from the agriculture sector which in turn made us to think about increasing production capacity at our Thal plant," said the official, who did not want to be named.
The state-run entity is planning to increase its urea production capacity to 3.15 million tonnes (MT) per annum from the current 2MT. According to sources, it may cost the company about Rs4,000 crore and RCF may conduct a feasibility and viability study in a year’s time.
There could be one more reason for the state-run company’s expansion plan based on the additional gas supply it would get from Reliance Industries Ltd’s Krishna Godavari (KG) basin. This could cut down the cost of production for urea. According to an agreement, RIL would supply 2.1 million standard cubic meters per day (MSCMPD) of gas to RCF’s Thal facility. Thal will also get gas from state-run Gas Authority of India Ltd (GAIL).
RCF has another facility at Trombay near Mumbai. However, due to logistical reasons, the company finds it easier to enhance production at the Thal facility rather than Trombay, the official said.
Earlier, RCF had one operating unit at Trombay and two prominent projects under implementation, the Trombay-IV Expansion and Trombay-V Expansion.
In 1985, RCF’s greenfield mega-fertiliser complex at Thal in Maharashtra became operational. It is running on full stream currently.
Nissan Motor has launched its iconic sports car 'Nissan 370Z’, the sixth generation of the Nissan Z-car line, at Rs53.50 lakh onwards
Nissan Motor India Pvt Ltd has launched its iconic sports car 'Nissan 370Z' in the country, priced between Rs53.50 lakh to Rs54.50 lakh (ex-showroom New Delhi). The 370Z is the sixth-generation of the Nissan Z-car line, succeeding the 350Z.
Kiminobu Tokuyama, managing director and chief executive, Nissan Motor India, said, "The 370Z is an authentic sports car that you don't have to make sacrifices to own—or drive—everyday. We believe that the 370Z will create an aspirational value for the Nissan brand in the country as we gear up for the launch of our first made-in-India car in 2010."
"The luxury car market in India has registered a fair amount of growth in the last few years and is growing at a significant rate every year. The emphasis has shifted from pure price consideration and affordability to design, quality and pleasure. The 370Z provides passionate performance at an excellent value—just what sports car enthusiasts are looking for today," said Abhijit Pandit, vice president for operations, Hover Automotive India Ltd.
The Nissan 370Z is powered by a standard 333 PS and 363 Nm Torque, VQ37VHR 3.7 L double overhead camshaft (DOHC) V6 engine with variable valve event and lift control (VVEL). The 370Z comes with a two-seat layout, built around a deeply scooped instrument panel with a full-length centre console separating the driver and passenger's seat. In the rear is an open cargo area with enhanced storage and accessibility.
The Nissan 370Z 6-speed M/T with Synchro Rev Match is priced at Rs53.50 lakh and the Nissan 370Z 7-speed A/T with Manual Shift Mode is priced at Rs54.50 lakh, both prices ex-showroom New Delhi.
The US government has had multiple meetings with Chinese authorities over Google’s allegations that Chinese authorities were indulging in email hacking and censorship
The United States has held several rounds of meetings with China on the allegations of search engine giant Google that Chinese authorities were indulging in email hacking and censorship, according to a top Obama administration official, reports PTI.
"Specifically on the Google-China issue, I think it would be fair to say that the US government has had multiple meetings with Chinese authorities on this matter and will have more in the coming days," assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, Kurt Campbell, said yesterday.
"It is also the case that we take this matter very seriously and, as secretary of state Hillary Clinton said last week, the whole issue does raise serious concerns," he told reporters at a news conference.
"Now, it is also clear that China has denied the allegations made by Google. But we also think that the Chinese are in the best position to explain this, and we are asking them for an explanation," Mr Campbell said in response to a question.
"We are not prepared to go into any further specifics at this time, but we will be having more discussions with Chinese interlocutors in the coming days," he said when asked about the US position on the Google-China spat.
Last week, the state department had said that it would issue a demarche to the Chinese this week on Google’s allegations with regard to email hacking and censorship.
In terms of the cyber arena, the ability to operate with confidence in cyberspace is critical in a modern society and economy, Mr Campbell said. He added that cyberspace provides a platform for innovation and prosperity and the means to improve general welfare around the globe.
US president Barack Obama has identified cyber-security as a national priority that underpins global security and economic prosperity and also contributes to free expression, he said.
"In addition, the president specifically made Internet freedom a central human rights issue of his trip to China, holding the first-ever online town hall meeting, where he highlighted the principles that freedom of expression, including free and open Internet use, is a universal right that should be available to all people, whether they are in the United States, China, or indeed any other nation," Mr Campbell said.
US secretary of state Hillary Clinton will be giving an address on 21st January on the importance of Internet freedom in the 21st century. "We will have further comment on this matter as the facts become clear," he said.