India’s national oil company Indian Oil has selected Praj, an Indian process solutions provider, as its technology partner for setting up multiple 2nd Generation (2G) bio-ethanol plants based on indigenously developed technology. Indian Oil will be setting up three such 2G bio-ethanol plants.
New Delhi/India — Indian Oil is blending biofuels in transportation fuels at the depot to bring down dependency on crude oil imports. In order to enhance ethanol availability in the country for blending with petrol, Indian Oil is developing 2G ethanol production infrastructure using ligno-cellulosic biomasses as feedstock.
Speaking about the collaboration, Mr. Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries, said, “Praj is offering end-to-end 2G ‘Smart Bio-refinery’ solutions globally. Our ‘Smart Bio-refinery’ is capable of producing bio-ethanol and other co-products such as bio-CNG, power and a variety of bio chemicals”.
At the World Bio-fuels Day conference held at New Delhi recently, the Government of India had announced that a ‘biomass-based bio-fuels policy’ is in the offing to give boost to the agro-economy and to promote renewable energy.