Dalmia Bharat Sugar to increase ethanol capacity

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Dalmia Bharat Sugar and Industries is planning to double the ethanol manufacturing capacity from the existing eight crore litres to 15 crore litres per annum by January next year.

The company will expand the capacity of its plants located in Jawaharpur, Nigohi and Kolhapur. One new distillery will be set up at Ramgarh as part of the expansion.

With this capacity expansion, Dalmia Bharat Sugar will divert about 1.50 lakh tonne of sugar for ethanol production compared to 60,000 tonne now.

The steps have been taken in line with the Central government’s decision of advancing the 20% ethanol blending target to 2025. The Company believes that this step would benefit the country and the sugar manufacturers. This will help in reducing carbon emission and cut spending on foreign exchange as the crude oil import be will lower.

Yesterday, Sudhanshu Pandey, Secretary of the Department of Food and Public Distribution (DFPD) told reporters, “It is likely that ethanol distillation capacities in the country would be more than doubled by 2025 and India would be able to achieve 20 per cent blending target.”

The roadmap for ethanol blending in India 2020-25 was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 5 this year on the occasion of World Environment Day.

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