CAQM Reviews the Progress for Bio-Refinery Plant at Bathinda

  • Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), a Central Government PSU, is setting up a Second Generation (2G) bio-refinery plant at Bathinda, Punjab.
  • At a cost of more than ₹1,400 crore.
  • The 2G bio-refinery is designed for the utilization of paddy straw for the production of ethanol for blending with petrol under the Ethanol Blending Program of the Central Government.
  • Monitored by the Commission for Air Quality Management in NCR and Adjoining Areas (CAQM).
  • Commission visited the plant premises progress with CMD, HPCL and District Administration, Bathinda.
  • The designed production capacity of this 2G ethanol plant is 100 Kilo Litre (KL) Ethanol/ day and for this purpose, 570 MT of paddy straw would be utilized per day (2,00,000 MT annually), when the plant operates at its full capacity.
  • Approximately 1 Lakh MT biomass will be procured for use as feedstock for the plant.
  • Expected to be commissioned by this year’s end.
  • HPCL has been coordinating with the State Government of Punjab, the District Administration and the Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) to streamline and resolve issues relating to procurement.
  • This will reduce the instances of paddy straw burning in Punjab, especially in Bathinda District.
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