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Ethanol mixing with petrol has been achieved in all of the states and UTs, and is more likely to contact round 8.3 per cent within the 2020-21 advertising and marketing 12 months ending November, in accordance with a senior official of state-owned HPCL.

Ethanol mixing with petrol stood at 5 per cent in 2019-20.

Addressing a webinar organised by Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA), HPCL ED C Sridhar Goud highlighted that mixing is anticipated to leap to round 8.2-8.3 per cent in present ethanol provide 12 months (December to November), from a median ethanol mixing of 5 per cent within the final two years.

He highlighted that the Ethanol Blending Programme (EBP) has reached the complete nation. “Sikkim was the last state. Four days ago, we reached Sikkim as well. Ethanol blending is taking place in all states,” Goud stated.

“Achieved Ethanol blending in all the States & UTs in current ESY 20-21,” he stated within the presentation.

Goud expressed confidence that the mixing stage of 10 per cent could be achieved within the 2021-22 ethanol provide or advertising and marketing 12 months.

Sugar mills provide ethanol to grease advertising and marketing corporations (OMCs) for mixing with petrol. HPCL has a robust presence in refining and advertising and marketing of petroleum merchandise within the nation.

ISMA’s Director General Abinash Verma stated that the trade, together with sugar sector, would have sufficient capacities to provide and provide 10 billion litres of ethanol.

He stated 10.5 billion litres of ethanol shall be required to realize 20 per cent mixing with petrol by 2025. Out of the overall requirement, 6-6.5 billion litres are anticipated to return from sugarcane and molasses whereas 4-4.5 billion litres from grain and corn.

Verma stated the present put in capability is 6 billion litre, of which 5.25 billion litres are sugarcane molasses based mostly capability.

To obtain 20 per cent mixing, he stated the requirement of put in capability is estimated at 12 billion litre, of which 6.5-7 billion litre could be by means of feedstock of sugarcane and molasses.

“…huge interest being shown by investors to set up ethanol production capacities. Around 800 projects have registered with the government. Some sugar companies also setting up dual feed ethanol plants, where corn and grains can be used in addition to sugarcane and molasses,” Verma stated in his presentation.

Earlier this month, Food Secretary Sudhanshu Pandey had stated the federal government was encouraging ethanol manufacturing not solely from molasses but additionally from foodgrains like maize and rice to realize the mixing targets.

Around 17 million tonnes of surplus foodgrains could be utilised for manufacturing of ethanol, he had stated.

(PTI)




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