HPCL Signs MoU With Govt Of Punjab For Bio Ethanol Plant
The Government is committed to free Punjab from pollution due to paddy straw burning and every possible effort is a foot 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, Mr. 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 / bioethanol can be produced from the stubble being burned in the fields.
He said that seven biomass 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 Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and has started work on setting up the plant.
HPCL will set up this plant in Nasibpura village of Talwandi Sabo Tehsil of Bathinda district. The paperwork 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 of paddy straw will be used every day and will daily generate 100-kilolitre of bioethanol.