MRPL to setup 2G ethanol plant in Karnataka

13 January 2020

The Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals (MRPL) is in the process of setting up South India’s only 2G ethanol plant at Hanagawadi in Davanagere district of Karnataka. This is in line with the Union government’s roadmap to set up 12 such units in the country.

The new biofuel policy of 2018 had set a target of 20% blending of ethanol in petrol and 5% blending of biodiesel to be achieved by 2030. The plant will spread over 47 acres and construction will commence within the next three months. It will be commissioned by March 2023.

The project will entail an investment of Rs 1,300 crore and produce biofuel from 2G ethanol produced from maize stalk, maize combs, cotton stalk, sugarcane waste, coconut fronds, and paddy stalk.

The new unit will produce 60,000-kilo ltr of ethanol each day by using 250-350 tonne of agricultural waste. Further, the ash residue produced at the unit will also be used in cement and brick industries and agricultural fields. Along with this, MRPL is also planning to start production of bio-jet and bio-CNG for the aviation sector and CNG vehicles, respectively.