BPCL gets environmental approval for 2G ethanol project in Odisha
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.