On the occasion of World Biofuel Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate the 2nd generation (2G) ethanol plant in Panipat, Haryana to the nation on August 10, 2022 at 4:30 PM via video conferencing.
The dedication of the plant is part of a long series of steps taken by the government over the years to boost the production and usage of biofuels in the country. This is in line with the Government’s endeavour to transform the energy sector into being more affordable, accessible, efficient and sustainable.
The 2G ethanol plant has been built at an estimated cost of over Rs. 900 crores by Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL) and is located close to the Panipat refinery. Based on state-of-the-art indigenous technology, the project is expected to turn a new chapter in India’s waste-to-wealth endeavours by utilising about 2 lakh tonnes of rice straw (parali) annually to generate around 3 crore litres of ethanol annually.
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Creating an end-use for the agri-crop residue is expected to empower farmers and provide an additional income generation opportunity for them. The project is expected to provide direct employment to people involved in the plant operation and indirect employment will be generated in the supply chain for rice straw cutting, handling and storage.
The project will have zero liquid discharge. Through the reduction in burning of rice straw (parali), the project will contribute to a reduction of greenhouse gases equivalent to about 3 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions per annum, which can be understood as equivalent to replacing nearly 63,000 cars annually on the country’s roads.
(The story is based on a PIB release.)