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India to set up its first biofuel plant

The refinery will produce second generation ethanol from rice straw



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Author: PetrolPlaza Correspondent Pablo Plaza

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) announced that the commissioning of its second generation ethanol bio refinery will be accomplished by 2020. BPCL will start building the proposed plant from October 10th at Baulsingha (India).

This is the first bio fuel plant in the country where ethanol will be produced from rice straw. The refinery will have a capacity to produce three core litres of fuel grade ethanol per year by utilizing aorund two lakh tonnes of rice straw. Ethanol will be blended with petrol and used as fuel”, stated Sanjib Paul, BPCL,’s Chief General Manager.

The construction of this bio fuel plant comes after India decided to set a target of 20% of ethanol blending petrol by 2030 under its National Biofuel Policy 2018. Only 3% or 4% of ethanol blending is available at the moment in the country – which accounts for the lack of biofuel. Official sources expect that this plant will help to create the biomass availability, which currently is set at about 120 to 160 million metric tonnes per year.

BPCL is expecting to have the farmers from nearby areas “selling their agricultural waste to the plant so that they can source the rice straw as raw material from nearby locations”.

BPCL is also planning in the short term to set up other two bio fuel plants in the areas of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.

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