Plant Gift For Farmers

Governor Ganeshi Lal today said that the Ethanol Plant at Bargarh is a gift to the farmers of Odisha.

Laying the foundation stone of the plant here Prof.Lal said the setting up of the plant here is an exclusive example of the developmental works under Sabka Saath Sabka Bikash programme laid by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“This is a mission to make India world's super power with the active help and support by each and every citizens of the country,” he said.

The Ethanol plant at Bargarh is fully dedicated for the welfare of tribal and farmers of the state and it will further transform the socio-economic condition of this particular area with respect to the marginalized sections of the State, Prof.Lal added.

Union Petroleum & Natural Gas and Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Dharmendra Pradhan said that with production of 17-18 lakh metric tonne paddy at Bargarh there is always equal amount of straw production in Bargarh.

“Farmers hardly use 6-7 lakh metric tonnes as fodder for the cattle and other uses whereas they burn 10-12 lakh tonne that creates severe environmental hazards including production of CO2 and the setting up of BPCL Bio-Refinery here will make a permanent solution to such problems with economic development of the farmers to an amazing extent,” he said.

This Rs 1000 crore bio-refinery, the first of its kind to be set up, 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, the Union Minister added.

Notably, biofuels have assumed importance recently due to the growing energy security needs and environmental concerns.

Several countries have put forth different mechanism and incentives to encourage use of biofuels to suite their domestic requirements.

India has surplus biomass availability of about 120-160 MMT annually which if converted has the potential to yield 3000 crore litres of Ethanol annually.

The National Biofuel Policy-2018 targets 20 per cent Ethanol blending to Petrol by 2030.

However, due to non-availability of Ethanol, the current Ethanol blending in Petrol is only around 3 per cent to four per cent.

The second generation plants will help achieve the target of Ethanol blending in Petrol.

The Bargarh 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.

The bio-refineries will contribute to cleaner environment due to usage of waste Rice Straw for Ethanol production thereby reducing waste straw burning in fields.

Blending of Ethanol in Petrol will also reduce Green House Gas (GHG) emissions as compared to fossil fuels. The plant is based on Zero-liquid discharge plant (ZLD) technology where all the water will be recycled back into the plant. 

In addition to cleaner environment, this project will also help improve the socio-economic conditions of the farmers due to additional income from supply of waste Rice straw to the Bio-Refinery.

Also, this will generate employment, both direct and indirect, for nearly 1200 persons during construction, operation of plant & supply chain management of biomass thus boosting the Infrastructural development in the area and overall improvement in livelihood.

Further, blending of Ethanol also enhances self-sufficiency of the Nation by reducing crude oil imports thereby saving Foreign exchange. 
The plant is being set up at Baulasingha Village, Bhatli Tehsil.

Minister for Steel, Mines & Works, Prafulla Mallick, MP Prasanna Acharya and MP
 Prabhas Kumar Singh, District Collector Indramani Tripathy were among those present on the occasion.

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