Godavari Biorefineries will be expanding its current distillery capacity to become India’s largest syrup-based ethanol plant.
Godavari has appointed Praj Industries for its new expansion plans.
As a part of this project, Praj will expand Godavari's existing ethanol manufacturing capacity from 400 kilo litres per day (KPLD) to 600 KLPD using sugarcane syrup.
The Government of India has also made several strategic interventions by expanding the ethanol blending programme, enabling the conversion of sugarcane juice/syrup to ethanol, other progressive policies and conducive financial mechanisms.
This helps India meet its energy security for transportation fuel by using biofuels, further helping fight climate change.
This capacity expansion planned by Godavari is in line with the government’s biofuel policy to increase the ethanol manufacturing quantity in India using various sugary feed stocks.
Samir Somaiya, chairman and managing director of Godavari Biorefineries Limited, said: “Responding to government’s vision of Atmanirbhar Bharat, we decided to divert sugar cane syrup to distillery to manufacture ethanol during the current season and expanded from 320 to 400 KLPD to continue our journey .
“We are happy to associate with Praj as our technology partner for our expansion plan. 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.”
Last year, the company delivered 45 million litres of ethanol.
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