BPCL gets en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval for 2G ethanol pro­ject in Odisha

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Petroleum Corp Ltd (BPCL) has re­ceived en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval for set­ting up a sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ethanol plant in Odisha that would en­tail an in­vest­ment of ` 747.46 crore. The ethanol bio-re­fin­ery with a ca­pac­ity of 100 kilo litre per day (KLPD) will be set up at Bar­garh district in Odisha.

The pro­ject is in line with the gov­ern­ment’s na­tional bio-fuel pol­icy, which man­dates 5 per­cent blend­ing of ethanol with petrol.

The clear­ance has been given with cer­tain con­di­tions. To­tal cost of the pro­ject is es­ti­mated to be ` 747.46 crores. The com­pany will use lig­no­cel­lu­loses biomass, which is seen as an at­trac­tive feed­stock for re­new­able fu­els, par­tic­u­larly ethanol. With first gen­er­a­tion bio­fuel plants, In­dia can only feed up to 3 per­cent of this de­mand. But an in­crease in the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion ethanol pro­duc­tion could feed fur­ther de­mand, if such bio­fuel plants are set up ev­ery­where around the coun­try.

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