Agreements for setting up world-scale refinery-cum-petrochemicals complex in Maharashtra and 5 second generation (2G) ethanol plants (in various parts of the country) were signed at Petrotech 2016 event in New Delhi yesterday.
Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) signed a consortium agreement to carry out pre-project activities for setting up India’s biggest oil refinery-cum-petrochemical complex with 60 million metric tonne per annum (MMTPA) capacity along the western Coast of the country in Maharashtra.
Praj Industries Ltd signed MoUs with IOCL and BPCL for setting 3 second generation (2G) biomass-to-ethanol plants (two for IOCL and one for BPCL. IOCL is planning to set up ligno-cellulosic ethanol plants at Dahej (Gujarat) and Panipat (Haryana) each having capacity of 100 kilo litre (KL) per day. Similarly, BPCL is setting-up 2G biomass ethanol bio-refinery in Bargarh (Odisha) with a capacity to process 400 tonnes per day of biomass (equivalent to 100 KL per day of ethanol generation capacity). The plant is expected to be commissioned in December 2018.
Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), Mumbai, has also signed MoUs with BPCL and HPCL for technology transfer for setting up of 2G biomass ethanol bio-refineries at Bina (MP) and Bhatinda (Punjab) respectively.