Tag: India

Indian Oil to invest $2.4 billion in 1 million ton Celanese coke-to-ethanol facility

Indian Oil to invest $2.4 billion in 1 million ton Celanese coke-to-ethanol facility

August 31, 2015 |

In India, the country’s biggest oil refiner Indian Oil plans to invest $2.4 billion in ramping up its ethanol production program. The company is looking to team with Celanese to build a 1 million metric ton per year of synthetic ethanol production capacity in the eastern town of Paradip. Petroleum coke will be the feedstock […]

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Indian ethanol tender seeks 16% more ethanol than industry can produce

Indian ethanol tender seeks 16% more ethanol than industry can produce

August 31, 2015 |

In India, the tender launched last week to secure enough ethanol supplies to fulfill a 10% ethanol blend only from indigenous sources is yet again set to fail even before it begins due to the fact that the 2.6 billion liters sought is about 16% higher than the entire production capacity from the country’s sugarcane […]

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India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

India looking to buy 2.7 billion liters for blending but no imports allowed

August 27, 2015 |

In India, oil marketing companies have issues a tender to buy 2.7 billion liters of ethanol only from domestic sources, with imports ruled out. The fuel is meant to supply 10% of gasoline demand between December this year through November 2016. The current blend is 5% though the country has so far only managed to […]

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Nagpur unilaterally decides to move forward with ethanol bus project

Nagpur unilaterally decides to move forward with ethanol bus project

August 24, 2015 |

In India, Nagpur Municipal Corporation has gone ahead and unilaterally approved a number of policies at a recent council meeting without discussion among the general body, including the ethanol bus program and the feasibility study for the project, with opposition claiming anti-democratic processes. The city has already sought federal government permission to buy 55 ethanol […]

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IFAD to fund Karnataka biofuel program with $50 million soft loan

IFAD to fund Karnataka biofuel program with $50 million soft loan

August 20, 2015 |

In India, the International Fund for Agricultural Development will lend the Karnataka government $50 million at 1% interest to further develop its biofuel program. The financing that will be paid back over 50 years will go to feedstock development as well as biofuel processing. Currently, 33 biofuel centers across the state have been set up […]

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India opens public comment period for new more open biofuels policy

India opens public comment period for new more open biofuels policy

August 19, 2015 |

In India, the ministry of new and renewable energy is seeking public comments on the proposed changes to the national biofuel policy. The comment period is open until September 20 and feedback can be sent to [email protected] At the moment, the policy requires oil marketing companies to distribute, store and market biofuels but the new […]

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Indian researchers identify pest impacting pongamia

Indian researchers identify pest impacting pongamia

August 19, 2015 |

In India, researchers from the Institute of Wood Science & Technology under Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education of found that pongamia trees that are being promoted as a biodiesel feedstock are susceptible to infestations of the gall midge. The midge lays its eggs in the pongamia flowers and over time destroys the flowers […]

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India to invest $1.53 billion to support farmers growing oil palm

India to invest $1.53 billion to support farmers growing oil palm

August 19, 2015 |

In India, the government has decided to invest $1.53 billion to help support farmers transition into oil palm production. Understanding that a long waiting period until the tree matures enough to produce oil seeds is a turn off for many small farmers, the funding will go towards paying those farmers to wait for the returns […]

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India drops excise tax for ethanol used for blending in 2015/16

India drops excise tax for ethanol used for blending in 2015/16

August 13, 2015 |

In India, the cabinet committee on economic affairs has approved a number of measures to help support the flailing sugar industry including waiving the excise duty of all ethanol that will be used to supply the domestic blending mandate of 10% beginning in October. With the floor price for ethanol fixed, inclusive of taxes, the […]

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India’s B5 mandate seen mopping up some of Malaysia’s palm oil surplus

India’s B5 mandate seen mopping up some of Malaysia’s palm oil surplus

August 11, 2015 |

In India, introduction of B5 blending could help to ease the palm oil glut Malaysia is currently suffering from that has seriously weighed on prices. As India has very little vegetable oil production, most of the feedstock required to supply the mandate will have to be imported. So far the new policy hasn’t triggered imports, […]

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