Petroleum Ministry celebrates Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav; Exhibition on Biofuels
New Delhi: On April 19, 2022, Indian Oil Corporation Limited held a seminar and exhibition in Guwahati on a Biofuels Perspective for North East India. The conference was organized in conjunction with the Government of India’s Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, an initiative to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of our independence, as well as the progress and achievements accomplished during that time.
This is one of AKAM’s most well-known events, with a focus on biofuels, a promising area in North East India. Speakers from government (Secretary, Industry & Commerce, Govt. of Assam), industry (Assam Biorefinery Pvt. Ltd. (NRL), Indian Oil), government bodies like Assam Energy Development Agency, NECTAR (North East Centre for Technology Application & Reach), and senior faculty from Tezpur Central University graced the event, which was chaired by Sh. K V Ramanamurthy, CGM (IOAODSO).
The seminar looked at the potential, existing state, and future of biofuels like ethanol and compressed biogas from various biomass sources, as well as biodiesel from used cooking oil (UCO) and bio-hydrogen. Senior officials from OMCs like as HPCL and BPCL, government entities such as FSSAI, industry bodies such as CII, SATAT LOI holders, potential entrepreneurs, and research researchers from IIT Guwahati’s Green Cell, Tezpur University, and Cotton University all attended the event.
Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav
NER’s enormous untapped potential to give to the nation, notably in the realm of biofuels, was discussed during the conference. There is potential to produce 1000 TPD of compressed biogas with the present projected biomass availability of 20,000 TMT in the region (CBG). There’s also a need to look for regional solutions and make use of underutilized resources like bamboo, paddy straw, animal waste, and plantations. ABRPL described their preparations for constructing the bamboo-based ethanol biorefinery, as well as their previous expertise with the technique.
OMCs’ contributions in the realm of biofuels were also highlighted by Indian Oil. In the NER, Indian Oil has implemented a strategy of 10% ethanol blending in gasoline since September 21, and is fully prepared to fulfil the central government’s aim of 20% by 2025. In addition, under the SATAT scheme (Sustainable Alternatives for Affordable Transportation), which aims to produce 15 MMTPA of CBG locally and 50 MMTPA nationally, Indian Oil is making serious efforts to enhance compressed biogas (CBG) production. To meet these goals, Indian Oil is cooperating with business, entrepreneurs, academics, and state governments.
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