Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) and GAIL (India) Limited (GAIL) have joined hands to set-up a Bioethanol plant of 500 KLD capacity. A Term Sheet for the setting up of a Bioethanol plant in Gujarat was signed by Shri Harshad R Patel, IAS, Managing Director of GACL and Shri R K Singhal, ED (BD & E&P) of GAIL, in the presence of Shri M V Iyer, Director (Business Development) of GAIL, at New Delhi, this month.
This step is taken in response to the Hon'ble Prime Minister of India's call for 'Atmanirbhar Bharat'. The Hon'ble Prime Minister has launched a Roadmap for 20% Ethanol Blending in Petrol by 2025, with a view to reduce import of crude oil and save valuable foreign exchange.
This plant will be using corn/broken rice as feedstock with eco-friendly technology with a likely production capacity of 500 KLD Bioethanol, which will be used for blending in petrol. As by-products from this plant, 135 KTPA Protein-rich Animal feed and 16.50 KTPA of Corn Oil while using corn as feedstock are also expected to be produced.
Dahod, Panchmahal, Aravalli, Mahisagar and Sabarkantha are major corn-producing districts in Gujarat and hence, the project is likely to come up in this part of Gujarat. Corn is also produced in nearby states of Gujarat viz. Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. A Detailed Feasibility Study through a third party is in progress for the project.
The estimated project cost is to the tune of Rs. 10 billion and it is expected to generate annual revenue of approximately Rs. 15 billion.