Tag: India

India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

India looking to support biofuels with tax incentives and fuel standards

January 26, 2015 |

In India, the country’s transport minister is so serious about promoting biofuels and eliminating fossil fuels for vehicles that his ministry is exploring tax breaks for biofuel production as well as for vehicles that run on biofuels. The government is preparing to issue fuel standards for E85 and ED95. He has made an open call […]

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India’s food department calls for stocktaking of ethanol production and supply

India’s food department calls for stocktaking of ethanol production and supply

January 19, 2015 |

In India, the food department has called for a meeting at the end of January to determine how many mills are producing how much ethanol. With sugar production continuing to grow, the ministry wants more mills to produce ethanol. Oil marketing companies only received offers for about half of the ethanol they tendered for recently […]

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India’s government gives OK to allow biodiesel producers to sell directly

India’s government gives OK to allow biodiesel producers to sell directly

January 19, 2015 |

In India, the government has given the go ahead to allow direct biodiesel sales to commercial users. Until now, only oil marketing companies and large companies could retail biodiesel. The issue had been pending for 9 years and had force 80% of the country’s biodiesel production to be exported.

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Indian mills can only supply half of E5 due to timing of supply tender

Indian mills can only supply half of E5 due to timing of supply tender

January 13, 2015 |

In India, despite the government putting in price supports for ethanol, sugar mills only offered 470 million liters of ethanol during the purchase tender that opened for 920 million liters floated by the Oil Marketing Companies. The volume offered will only supply half of the country’s E5 mandate. The tender was floated half way though […]

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Ethanol exports hit 35-month high in November as fuel heads to India

Ethanol exports hit 35-month high in November as fuel heads to India

January 12, 2015 |

In the US, the ethanol exports for November of 2014 have been announced, with exports reaching a 35-month high at 90.9 million gallons. This is up 15% from October. India was the top destination for U.S. product in November, receiving 27.6 mg, or 30% of total shipments. In a reversal from historical trends, shipments of undenatured fuel […]

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Uganda’s Kakira Sugars contracts Praj for ethanol plant

Uganda’s Kakira Sugars contracts Praj for ethanol plant

January 7, 2015 |

In India, Praj Industries has been contracted to build a 60,000 LPD project for production of fuel ethanol and premium grade extra neutral alcohol (beverage alcohol) by Kakira Sugars. Kakira Sugars is a leading sugar and power producer in Uganda. It is part of the diversified Madhvani Group, one of the largest private sector group […]

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Maharashtra mills not able to meet financial requirements of ethanol tender

Maharashtra mills not able to meet financial requirements of ethanol tender

January 5, 2015 |

In India, sugar mills in Maharashtra aren’t able to supply ethanol to the oil marketing companies under the recently announced buy tender because they don’t have the financial capacity required by the bid documents. The tender requires mills to provide a bank guarantee of 7.5% of the value of the total ethanol offered, while the […]

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Uttar Pradesh mills not able to participate in ethanol tender due to bureaucracy

Uttar Pradesh mills not able to participate in ethanol tender due to bureaucracy

January 5, 2015 |

In India, Uttar Pradesh mills are suffering from bureaucratic hurdles that are keeping them from freely supplying ethanol to oil marketing companies under the recently announced supply tender. Mills must ask permission from excise authorities when seeking to sell molasses or molasses-based products such as ethanol because the state has a priority to supply country […]

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India’s OMCs tender for 970 million liters of ethanol

India’s OMCs tender for 970 million liters of ethanol

December 29, 2014 |

In India, oil marketing companies have floated a tender for 970 million liters of ethanol with bids due on Jan. 12. As petrol prices fall, the OMCs see paying more for ethanol as financially unviable, but the price was set earlier this month by the government, forcing the companies to pay10% to 20% more than […]

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Indian researchers find high-yielding algae in Cochin backwaters

Indian researchers find high-yielding algae in Cochin backwaters

December 25, 2014 |

In India, researchers at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) have identified a strain of algae in the Cochin estuary that could provide good yields for biodiesel production, with almost 26% lipids. The challenge will be harvest the yellow-colored algae without them dying.  

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