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Odisha Governor lays foundation stone of Induia's 1st 2G ethanol bio-refinery in Bargarh dist


Devdiscourse News Desk bhubaneswar India
Updated: 10-10-2018 19:30 IST
Odisha Governor lays foundation stone of Induia's 1st 2G ethanol bio-refinery in Bargarh dist

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, present on the occasion, said the refinery will be a harbinger of socio-economic development in Odisha. (Image Credit: Twitter)

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal laid the foundation stone of the country's first 2G ethanol bio-refinery in Bargarh district on Wednesday.

Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited will set up the ethanol plant with an investment of Rs 1,000 crore to produce three crore litres of fuel-grade ethanol annually. The ethanol produced from this plant will be blended with petrol.

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, present on the occasion, said the refinery will be a harbinger of socio-economic development in Odisha.

"With production of 17-18 lakh metric tonne paddy at Bargarh, there is always an equal amount of straw production. Farmers hardly use 6-7 lakh metric tonnes as fodder for the cattle and other uses whereas they burn 10-12 lakh tonne that creates severe environmental hazards including the production of carbon," he said.

Pradhan said the setting up of the bio-refinery will be a permanent solution to such problems along with the economic development of the farmers.

The bio-refinery will utilise about two lakh tons of rice straw annually which will be sourced from nearby locations.

(With inputs from agencies.)

COUNTRY : India

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