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Bio CNG and Bio-ethanol to be manufactured from paddy straw

MoUs signed with four companies to rid Punjab of stubble burning pollution, Biogas / Bio-CNG and Bio-ethanol plants to be set up in the State

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Chandigarh , 11 Jun 2018

The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is afoot for the same. The Punjab  Energy Development Agency (PEDA) is serious on the issue and is working consistently in this direction.This is opined by the Minister of Power and  Renewable Energy, Gurpreet Singh Kangar. He informed that currently 20 million ton paddy straw per year is produced in the State. About 20 to 25  percent of this is being used and the rest is burnt in the fields. While 5-6 tonne biogas / bio  CNG / bio ethanol can be produced from the stubble being  burned in the fields .He said that seven bio-mass power plants are already underway in the State but now steps have been taken in the direction of Bio  CNG / Bio Ethanol from paddy straw. The state has entered into an agreement with four big companies and has started work on setting up the plants.He said that with the commencement of these projects in Punjab, on one hand pollution from crop residue will decrease and on the other, the hand  farmers will reap economic benefit. The project commencement will also generate employment for local people. Mr. Kangar said that for this project, big  companies of the country are willing to invest in the State and we have already entered into contract with four companies.Under this MoUs have been signed with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, Indian Oil Corporation, Verbio India Private Limited and Rika Biofuel  Development Limited. These companies will produce Biogas / Bio CNG / Bio-ethol from paddy straw.

Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd. will create Bio  Ethanol from paddy straw which is blend in Petrol and Diesel.HPCL will set up this plant in Nasibpura village of Talwandi Sabo Tehsil of Bathinda  district. The paperwork work related to which is almost complete and setting up of the plant is in progress. The company is investing around Rs 1000  crore on this project. After operationalisation of the plant, about 500 ton paddy straw will be used every day and will daily generate 100 kilo litre of bio  ethanol.Germany-based company Verbio India Private Limited has signed an MoU regarding making bio-CNG from paddy straw. This company will set  up its plant in Bhutalkalan village of Leharagga tehsil of Sangrur district. This project has 100 %FDI. The total cost of this project is approximately  Rs.75 crores. This plant will use 300 ton paddy stubble per day and will produce 33.23 tonne bio-CNG daily. Apart from this, 350 tonnes of organic  manure will also be produced per day. The company has already purchased 20 acres of land for this project.Similarly, Indian Oil Corporation had signed  MoU with PEDA on January 15, 2018. Indian Oil will set up Bio CNG plant in Punjab. In the first stage, the Corporation will set up approximately 42  plants in Punjab, out of which they already have idintefied three sites where they will be set up first. Among these places are Sangrur, Bathinda and  Nabha.Similarly, Rika Biofuel Development Limited signed the MoU on May 11, 2018 through Invest Punjab, which would invest Rs 700 crore in Punjab  to set up Biogas / Bio CNG plants.


Tags: Gurpreet Singh Kangar



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