Praj Industries has secured an order to set up India’s largest capacity syrup based ethanol plant from a Godavari Biorefineries Ltd (GBL) in Karnataka.
Shishir Joshipura, CEO and MD of Praj Industries.
As a part of this project, Praj will expand the existing ethanol manufacturing capacity to 600 KLPD, using sugarcane syrup. When commissioned, this will become India’s largest capacity syrup based ethanol plant.
The Government of India has made several strategic interventions by way of progressive policies, conducive financial mechanisms, to encourage the sugar sector to limit surplus sugar production and instead, produce more ethanol. This capacity expansion planned by GBL is in line with the Government’s Biofuel policy to increase the Ethanol manufacturing quantity in India using various sugary feed stocks.
The expansion capacity at GBL Plant will continue to be a zero liquid discharge facility. The expansion will maintain zero liquid discharge norms by deploying innovative technology i.e. SHIFT, developed in Praj’s state-of-the-art R&D facility - Praj Matrix. The ‘SHIFT’ technology minimises energy and water footprint, while maximising value for customers.
“Responding to government’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, we decided to divert sugar cane syrup to distillery to manufacture Ethanol” said Mr. Samir Somaiya, Chairman & Managing Director of Godavari Biorefineries Limited (GBL). “We are happy for our association with Praj as our technology partner for increasing our manufacturing capacity. Praj will design, engineer, supply, install and increase our capacity from 400 KLPD to 600 KLPD ethanol production using sugar syrup as raw material. We look forward to building on our mutually rewarding relationship with Praj with our new ventures.”
This is expected to open more similar opportunities in syrup to ethanol manufacturing and ultimately boost ethanol production in the country.