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India Increasing Ethanol Production, Blending Rate (Int'l.)
India Biofuel
Date: 2020-03-04
The Times of India is reporting the Indian federal government plans to increase the country's ethanol from sugarcane and molasses production capacity from 3.55 billion lpy to 9 billion lpy within two years. The government has also "approved in principle" 362 new ethanol facilities in sugar mills and an increase in the national ethanol-petrol blending rate to 10 pct (B10) by 2022.

The increases are intended to redirect 700,000-800,000 tpy of surplus sugar in each of the next two years for ethanol production, cut fuel and oil imports and to maximize profitability of sugar companies, according to officials. (Source: Economic Times India, 3 Mar., 2020)

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EID Parry's Ethanol-from-Molasses Production Underway (Int'l)
EID Parry
Date: 2019-07-08
Chennai, India-based East India Distilleries Parry Limited (EID Parry) is reporting plans to begin ethanol production at its facilities has been approved "in principle" by the Indian federal government Department of Food and Public Distribution. The agency will also supply financial assistance for the project, according to EID Parry.

In accordance with its plan, the company's Sankili unit (Srikakulam) has begun producing Ethanol from B Heavy molasses.

EID Parry Limited is a 225 year old sugar focused public company. (Source: Business Standard, PTI, 7 July, 2019) (Contact: E.I.D. Parry India Inc.,

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Indian Ethanol Blend Rate Raised to 8 pct (Int'l Report)
Ethanol Blend
Date: 2018-12-10
In New Delhi, the Indian Petroleum Ministry reports the "blending of ethanol with petrol has reached 4 pct from 1-1.5 pct in the last four years. In the 2018-19 sugar year (October-September), the blending level will reach 7-8 pct." The Indian government launched a pilot biofuel-petrol blending program to promote the use of alternative and environment-friendly fuels in 2003. The original programs 10 pct ethanol blend goal has not yet been met met. (Source: Indian Petroleum Ministry, PTI, First Post, 7 Dec., 2018) Contact: Indian Petroleum Ministry,

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Indian Groups Testing Sorghum Ethanol Profitability (Int'l)
Indian Institute of Millet Research
Date: 2018-10-29
Reporting from Hyderabad, India, the Indian Institute of Millet Research (IIMR) reports that with India falling short of sugarcane ethanol production to meet its national Ethanol Blending Programme, it is investigating the use of sweet sorghum juice as an ethanol production feedstock.

According to IIMR's Dr. AV Umakanth, principal scientist and sweet and high biomass sorghum investigator, with ethanol prices at Rs 59.13 per litre, the time is ripe to push sweet sorghum.

The National Federation of Cooperative Sugar Factories Ltd (NFCSFL) reports it will test the profitability of sorghum ethanol at two mills. (Source: Indian Institute of Millet Research, New Indian Express, 27 Oct., 2018) Contact: Indian Institute of Millet Research, : +91 40 2459 9301,

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BPCL Announces Second-Gen. Ethanol Plant in Odisha (Int'l)
Bharat Petroleum Corporation
Date: 2018-10-08
India's state-run oil company Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL) is touting its second generation (2G) ethanol biorefinery at Odisha's Bargarh district. Commissioning and production startup of the Rs 10 billion, 30 million lpy rice straw-to-ethanol plant is expected no later than December 2020.

About 12 such refineries are proposed in different states to meet India's National Biofuel Policy 2018 target of 20 pct ethanol blending to petrol by the year 2030. Presently, ethanol blending in Petrol is between 3 and 4 pct. (Source: Bharat Petroleum Corporation, Business Standard, 7 Oct., 2018) Contact: Bharat Petroleum Corporation,

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India Ups Sugarcane Ethanol Price for Blending by 25 pct (Int'l Report)
Date: 2018-09-14
In New Delhi, the Indian government Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday approved an over 25 pct increase in the price of ethanol produced directly from 100 pct sugarcane juice for blending in petrol in a bid to cut surplus sugar production and reduce oil imports. The announcement raised the procurement price of sugarcane ethanol to Rs 59.13 per litre from the current rate of Rs 47.13.

Ethanol so extracted would be blended with petrol to cut reliance on imports. The government is looking at scaling up the blending to 10 pct in the next couple of years from the present 4-5 pct rate. (Source: PTI, 14 Sept., 2018)

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IOC Announces Indian Sugar Cane Ethanol Plant Plans (Int'l Report)
Indian Oil Corporation
Date: 2018-09-12
In north-central India, the Haryana State government reports it has entered into a MoU with the Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOC) to construct a 100 kilolitre per day Ethanol Plant (bio-refinery) at Bohali village, in Panipat at a cost of approximately Rs 900 crore ($163 million Cdn).

The plant will use locally sourced sugar cane straw and other feedstocks. Presently, there are 10 co-operative sugar mills and three private sugar mills in Haryana. (Source: The Statesman, 11 Sept., 2018) Contact: Indian Oil Corporation,

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India Aims to Triple Ethanol Production by 2022 (Int'l Report)
India Ethanol
Date: 2018-08-13
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week announced his country will triple its ethanol production over the next four years. The Prime Minister also blamed his predecessor's government for not encouraging the production and adoption of ethanol, saying his government has planned 12 biofuel refineries in the country at an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore (1 crore = 10 million).

The Prime Minister claimed "previous governments did not take the ethanol programme seriously" but his government will increase ethanol production fro the present 141 crore litres per year to 450 crore litres of ethanol in the next four years. The government also plans to achieve 10 pct ethanol blending in petrol by 2022 and is aiming to double it to 20 pct. The government also plans to establish 12 modern refineries for generating advanced biofuel.

Like a true politician, the Prime Minister was quick to note that all previous government plans to advance ethanol had "fallen through." (Source: The Hindu, Various Media, 11 August, 2018)

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USGC Seeks to Expand Ethanol Exports to India (Ind. Report)
US Grains Council
Date: 2018-03-26
The US Grains Council (USGC) representing US ethanol producers reports it is interested in supplying ethanol for India's 10 pct (E-10) ethanol-blending programme, which suffers from an inadequate supply of domestically produced ethanol. India's sugar producers produce enough ethanol to meet only 4 pct of the country's ethanol blend mandate.

USGC presently exports 50 million lpy of ethanol to India, which is used for industrial applications. A significant percentage of India's ethanol refining capacity is frequently idled due to feed stock and other shortfalls, according to the Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) which estimates 3.13 billion lpy are required to meet the E-10 mandate. However, as of end-December 2017, Indian sugar and ethanol producers have entered into an agreement for only 1.4 billion litres of ethanol, leaving a huge gap. (Source: US Grains Council, Hindu Business Line, 25 Mar., 2018) Contact: US Grains Council, Kurt Shultz, (202) 789-0789,, Federation of Indian Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, +91 44 4284 9613, /

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