Corner Stone For Ethanol Plant

The first-of-its-kind second generation ethanol plant of state-run Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), which will be set up at Baulsingha village in Bargarh district, will be commissioned by December 2020.

The foundation stone for BPCL’s 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery at Baulsingha village under Bhatli Tehsil will be laid by Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal in presence of Union PNG Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on 10 October, and the construction work will start immediately.
State Government and District Administration of Bargarh is extending all out support in this regard, officials say.
“The ethanol bio-refinery with a capacity of 100 kilo litre per day (KLPD) will be set up in an area of 58.44 acres at an investment of around Rs 1,000 crore, and it will be commissioned latest by December 2020,” said Sanjeev Paul, Chief General Manager (Biofuels), BPCL.
Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has already issued the environment clearance (EC) to the 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery at Bargarh and the Odisha Government has provided the required land, he added.
The National Biofuel Policy of India 2018 targets 20 percent ethanol blending with petrol by the year 2030; however, due to non-availability of ethanol, the current ethanol blending in petrol is only around 3-4 percent. Setting up of 2G Ethanol plants will help achieve the target of Ethanol blending in Petrol. Considering the government’s plan to increase ethanol blending with petrol, setting up of 2G ethanol plants will help achieve the target, said Paul.
He further stated that OMCs (oil marketing companies) will be setting up 12 such second generation ethanol plant across the country; and Odisha is the first State to have such kind of plant.
This Bio-Refinery at Bargarh will have a capacity to produce three crore litres of fuel grade ethanol annually using rice straw as feedstock and the ethanol produced from this plant will be blended with petrol, said Debashis Palit, State Head, Retail (Odisha & Jharkhand), BPCL.
The Bio-Refinery will utilize about two lakh tons of rice straw annually as feedstock which will be sourced from nearby locations like Bhatli, Ambabhona, Attabira, Sohela, Burla, Lakhanpur etc, said Mr.Palit, adding that the process for the procurement of the feedstock has already been started.
BPCL said the project is expected to provide jobs for around 1,200 persons directly and indirectly during construction, operation of plant and supply chain management of biomass thus boosting the infrastructural development in the area and overall improvement in livelihood.
The Bargarh Bio-Refinery will contribute to cleaner environment due to usage of waste rice straw for ethanol production thereby reducing waste straw burning in fields. In addition to cleaner environment, this project will also help improve the socio-economic conditions of the farmers through additional income from supply of waste rice straw to the Bio-Refinery, said SS Sudararajan, DGM (Brand & Public Relations), BPCL. The plant is based on zero-liquid discharge plant (ZLD) technology where all the water will be recycled back into the plant, he added.
Blending of ethanol in petrol will also reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions as compared to fossil fuels. Further, blending of ethanol will also enhance self-sufficiency of the Nation by reducing crude oil imports thereby saving foreign exchange.

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