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India: BPCL to commission second generation ethanol plant in Odisha by Dec 2020

State-run oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) plans to commission its second generation (2G) ethanol bio-refinery at Odisha’s Bargarh district by December 2020. The project will see an investment of Rs 10 billion and the foundation stone for the refinery will be laid on October 10 by Odisha governor Ganeshi Lal and Union minister of Petroleum and natural gas Dharmendra Pradhan.

“We have the mandate to complete the mechanical commissioning of the project by December 2020 and the commercial production will follow immediately. The bio-refinery will have a capacity to produce 30 million litres of the fuel grade ethanol annually using rice straw as feedstock and the ethanol produced from the plant will be blended with petrol”, said Sanjeeb Paul, chief general manager, BPCL.