Source: The Hindu Business Line, Dec 07, 2016
New Delhi: The last day of Petrotech 2016 saw 11 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) being signed to further India’s hydrocarbon sector. The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas also launched the Web portals of three start-up funds at the event.
IOC, BPCl, HPCL ink pact
A consortium agreement between IOCL, BPCL and HPCL to set up India’s largest oil refinery-cum-petrochemical complex along the western coast in Maharashtra was also part of the MoUs signed. The MoUs to set up five second generation ethanol generation plants were also signed today.
MoUs were also signed between Oil India (OIL) and ONGC for supporting the start-up initiatives of oil companies. OIL signed an MoU with the Technology Incubation Centre of IIT Guwahati, while ONGC forged one with IIT Mumbai. A statement of understanding for a production enhancement contract was signed between ONGC and Halliburton for the Kalol field in Gujarat.
Another statement of understanding for a production enhancement contract was signed between ONGC and Schlumberger for the Geleki field in Assam.
Praj Industries forged two MoUs with Indian Oil for a cost sharing agreement for development of Ligno-Cellulosic ethanol plants. A 100 KL/day second generation biomass-to-ethanol plant at Dahej, Gujarat, and another at Panipat, Haryana, will be realised from these MoUs. The Dahej plant is expected to yield around 3.3 crore litres of ethanol per year, while the Panipat plant will yield 3.20 crore litres of ethanol per year.
BPCL and the Institute of Chemical Technology have forged an MoU for technology transfer for setting up a similar second generation biomass ethanol bio-refinery at Bina, MP. The refinery will process 400 tonnes/day of biomass (equivalent to 100 KL/ day of ethanol generation capacity). The plant is expected to produce around 3.20 crore litres of ethanol annually. BPCL and Praj Industries have signed an MoU for technology transfer for setting up a second generation Biomass Ethanol Bio-refinery at Bargarh, Odisha. The Bargarh Bio refinery can
process 400 tonnes/day of biomass (equivalent to 100 KL/ day of ethanol generation capacity).
The Odisha plant is expected to be commissioned in December 2018.
HPCL and the Punjab government’s Department of Investment Promotion have signed an MoU for setting up a second generation Ethanol Bio-refinery of 100 KL/day capacity in Bhatinda, Punjab. This plant will also yield 3.2 crore litres of ethanol.