Tag: India

Maha only able to supply 30 million liters of ethanol due to poor cane crush

Maha only able to supply 30 million liters of ethanol due to poor cane crush

June 14, 2017 |

In India, Maharashtra was only able to supply 30 million liters of ethanol during 2016/17 compared to 380 million liters the year prior due to the poor crush. With molasses prices nearly double compared to last year and lower prices, ethanol production wasn’t economically viable. But even with the poor economic environment for ethanol, Maharashtra […]

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Indian biodiesel pioneer files for bankruptcy with $776.6 million in debts

Indian biodiesel pioneer files for bankruptcy with $776.6 million in debts

June 13, 2017 |

In India, biodiesel producer Gujarat Oleo Chemical has filed for bankruptcy with the National Company Law Tribunal as a result of $776.6 million in debts. The company uses castor biodiesel to produce Undecylenic Acid and Heptaldehyde through a continuous cracking process. It was the country’s first biodiesel producer and has been selling biodiesel to the […]

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Gujarat high court scraps interstate import tax on ethanol

Gujarat high court scraps interstate import tax on ethanol

June 12, 2017 |

In India, the high court in Gujarat has ruled against the policy lobbing import taxes on interstate ethanol trade, a move that is expected to help bring down fuel prices. The state doesn’t produce ethanol due to a ban on alcohol so imports for fuel blending, chemical and industrial use demanded imports. The import levy […]

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Arunachal Pradesh signs agreement with NRL for bamboo-based biofuel project

Arunachal Pradesh signs agreement with NRL for bamboo-based biofuel project

June 7, 2017 |

In India, Arunachal Pradesh has signed an agreement with the Numaligarh Refinery (NRL) in Assam to develop a bamboo-based second-generation ethanol facility. The plant will use 300,000 metric tons of bamboo annually, supplementing current demand by the state’s paper and furniture manufacturing that only use about 10% of the state’s resources. To support job development […]

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Indian researchers develop technology to reduce cellulosic ethanol production

Indian researchers develop technology to reduce cellulosic ethanol production

June 1, 2017 |

In India, researchers at the P.K. Sinha Centre for Bioenergy at IIT— Kharagpur have developed a patent-pending “soil-to-soil” manufacturing technology for cellulosic biofuel production that is meant to be faster and reduce costs by using enzymes instead of chemical pre-treatment processes. Researchers say the process is pollution-free with only organic fertilizer from residual biomass as […]

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Indian OMCs seen taking on $14.7 million in GST for blending ethanol

Indian OMCs seen taking on $14.7 million in GST for blending ethanol

May 31, 2017 |

In India, as a result of the new goods and services tax on ethanol, the country’s three oil marketing companies will have to fork out an addition $14.7 million this year in order to supply the mandated 5% ethanol blend. Although the OMCs must buy 2.8 million liters to satisfy the mandate, smaller sugar production […]

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Institute of Chemical Technology teams with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering to EPC its 2G ethanol tech

Institute of Chemical Technology teams with L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering to EPC its 2G ethanol tech

May 29, 2017 |

In India, L&T Hydrocarbon Engineering will design and build second-generation ethanol plants based on technology developed by the Institute of Chemical Technology following an MOU signed last week. Together they will provide complete EPC services to potential clients who are looking to invest in facilities in order to achieve the government’s policy goals of 22.5% […]

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Indian biofuel industry worried GST will hit demand

Indian biofuel industry worried GST will hit demand

May 29, 2017 |

In India, the biofuels industry worries that the government’s new Goods and Services Tax of 18% on both biodiesel and ethanol with stymie the government’s parallel policy of bolstering biofuel consumption in order to reduce fossil fuel imports. Biodiesel has been exempt of excise tax for the past decade and even VAT exempt in some […]

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Scania ethanol bus roll out held up by bureaucracy to approve ethanol filling stations    

Scania ethanol bus roll out held up by bureaucracy to approve ethanol filling stations    

May 23, 2017 |

In India, the Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organization has yet to approve the ethanol filling stations that will allow Nagpur Municipal Corporation to begin operating the 55 ethanol-powered Scania buses as part of an extended trial to demonstrate the viability of the vehicles in the Indian market. A single bus has been operating since 2014. […]

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HPCL to invest $92.4 million in 2G ethanol plant in Bathinda

HPCL to invest $92.4 million in 2G ethanol plant in Bathinda

May 18, 2017 |

In India, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. has teamed with ICRISAT, Engineers India Ltd (EIL) and Department of Biotechnology (DBT) on its 100,000 liter per day $92.4 million second-generation ethanol plant in Bathinda. The facility will use 400 metric tons of sugarcane bagasse and other crop waste as feedstock. Additionally it will also produce bio-CNG and […]

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