Bargarh: The Foundation Stone of the Rs 1000 crore worth Ethanol Bio-Refinery was laid today at Baulsingha Village, Bhatli Tehsil in Bargarh district by Governor Ganeshi Lal.
This Bio-Refinery will have a capacity to produce three crore litres of fuel grade Ethanol annually using Rice Straw as feedstock and the Ethanol produced from this plant will be blended with Petrol.
The Bargarh Bio-Refinery will utilize about two Lakh tons of Rice straw annually as feedstock which will be sourced from nearby locations like Bhatli, Ambabhona, Attabira, Sohela, Burla, Lakhanpur villages.
“The plant is an example of the developmental works under Sabka Saath Sabka Bikash programme laid by the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi. The Ethanol plant at Bargarh is fully dedicated for the welfare of tribal and farmers of the State and it will further transform the socio-economic condition of this particular area with respect to the marginalized sections of the State.”, Lal said.
“With production of 17-18 lakh metric tonne paddy at Bargarh there is always equal amount of straw production in Bargarh. Farmers hardly use 6-7 lakh metric tonnes as fodder for the cattle and other uses whereas they burn 10-12 lakh tonne that creates severe environmental hazards including production of CO2 and the setting up of BPCL Bio-Refinery here will make a permanent solution to such problems with economic development of the farmers to an amazing extent”, union petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan said while addressing the gathering.