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India: Ethanol plant to come up at Bargarh

The foundation stone for the second generation (2G) Ethanol Bio-Refinery of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited will be laid in Odisha’s Bargarh district on October 10. Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal and Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan will lay the foundation stone marking the commencement of construction work for the ethanol plant at Baulsingha village under Bhatli tehsil.

The Bio-Refinery will have a capacity to produce three crore litres of fuel grade Ethanol annually using rice straw as feedstock and the ethanol produced from the plant will be blended with petrol, said Sanjeev Paul, Chief General Manager, Biofuels. The cost of the Bargarh ethanol plant is around Rs 1000 crore, he added. Debashis Palit, State Head, Retail (Odisha & Jharkhand) said the state government has already handed over 58 acres land for the project while the Centre has already given environmental clearance.