Fertilizing Pakistan’s Agriculture Sector
In Pakistan, agriculture is key to the national economy — accounting for more than 20% of GDP and employing nearly 45% of the population. So whatever can help boost the sector is welcome in a country working hard to improve opportunity for its citizens.
The fertilizer industry is at the heart of the country’s agriculture by helping improve productivity and contribute to an economy that is forecast to grow by 4.5% next year and more than 4% this year.
The fertilizer industry supports national development, not only by providing jobs and contributing to the industrial and oil and gas sectors, but also by reducing demand for the import of fertilizer and thus foreign currency reserves.
In fact, the country is home to the world’s largest single-train urea plant at Daharki, Sindh. This facility, owned and operated by Engro Fertilizers Limited, uses GE frame 5 gas turbines, steam turbines, centrifugal compressors and pumps.
“Engro Fertilizers is driven by a vision to improve the productivity and lifestyle of hundreds of thousands of farmers across Pakistan. This is what drives us to go on and continually strive to be better,” says Mudassar Y. Rathore, Engro’s General Manager for Operations.
“In GE, we have found a partner that is able to provide us with the advanced technologies and services needed to realize this vision. They also are just as committed as we are to making the world work better,” he adds.
The urea facility at Daharki is just one of many such fertilizer plants in Pakistan that GE has supported with efficient technologies since the 1960s. Other major GE customers in the fertilizer sector include Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited, Fatima Group and Fauji Fertilizer Bin Qasim Limited.
Through advanced technologies and solutions GE has helped these customers operate more productivity, increase capacity and boost energy conservation. Similarly, for decades GE has been a partner to many other Pakistani companies operating across the upstream and downstream oil and gas sector. More generally, GE works with customers across the national economy in sectors from transportation and healthcare to aviation and power to help them address their biggest challenges.