Chempolis, NRL sign MOU for Indian bamboo ethanol plant

September 15, 2014 |

In Finland, Chempolis and Numaligarh Refinery Limited have signed an MOU to jointly study to build a biorefinery in Northeastern Indian (Assam) to produce ethanol from bamboo with furfural and acetic acid produced as co-products.

The announcement comes almost a year after Chempolis signed an MOU with ONGC, India’s leading oil & gas exploration company. The MOU acted as a roadmap for the first biorefinery project in India. Further to the first biorefinery, Chempolis and ONGC targeted larger production of sustainable biofuels in India, which would reduce India’s dependence on imported petroleum. No progress has been reported on the partnership since October of 2013.

Chempolis’ Formicobio biorefining technology is based on selective fractionation of biomass and co-production of multiple products in a sustainable way. The technology is a versatile platform. In addition to bioethanol, sugars and lignin can be used as feedstocks to a myriad of different products.

NRL is a Government of India Public Sector Undertaking which operates a 3.0 MMTPA Refinery at Numaligarh in the District of Golaghat, Assam, India since 2000. NRL is a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) which holds 61.65% share of the company while Oil India Limited and Government of Assam owns 26.00% and 12.35% share respectively.

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