Bargarh: Governor Prof Ganeshi Lal today laid the foundation stone for India’s First Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited 2G Ethanol Bio-Refinery here in the presence of Union Petroleum and Natural Gas, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Rajya Sabha member Prasanna Acharya.
The proposed plant will see an investment of Rs 1000 crore. The refinery will have a capacity to produce three core litres of fuel grade ethanol per year by utilizing around two lakh tonnes of rice straw. Ethanol will be blended with petrol and used as fuel.
Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Pradhan said that the ethanol bio-refinery at Bargarh was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Nuakhai gift for the people of Odisha .
“It’s unique ‘waste-to-wealth’ model will help in reducing pollution, usher prosperity for farmers by providing them with additional income and increasing employment in Odisha,’ said Pradhan.