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Foundation stone for BPCL's bio-refibery laid in Odisha

Bhubaneswar: The foundation stone for second generation ethanol bio-refinery, being set up by Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore, was laid Wednesday in Odisha's Bargarh district.

Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal laid the foundation stone at Baulasingha in Bhatli Tehsil in presence of Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Setting up ethanol plant in Bargarh is an example of the developmental works of the Centre with a mission to make India world's super power with the active help and support by each and every citizens of the country, the governor said.

The plant is dedicated for the welfare of tribal and farmers of the state, he said.

With around 18 lakh tonne paddy being produced in Bargarh, there is an equal amount of straw production in the atea. While 6 to 7 lakh tonnes are used as fodder and other purposes, 10-12 lakh tonnes are burnt creating environmental hazard, said Pradhan.

The setting up of the bio-refinery will provide a permanent solution to such problems besides ensuring economic development of the farmers, the minister added.

The bio-refinery will have a capacity to produce 3 crore litres of fuel grade ethanol annually using rice straw as feedstock. The ethanol produced from the plant will be blended with petrol.

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