ShivOm Dayal Energies is on course to set up two biofuel plants worth Rs 800 crore, in Saharanpur and Bijnor districts of Uttar Pradesh. The UP government, in its cabinet meeting held on 7th February 2019, approved the two second-generation ethanol plants which will incur an investment of Rs 400 crore each. The state government will also offer the company with facilities including stamp duty waiver, capital subsidy as well as SGST rebate. Each of the sanctioned biofuel facility is expected to utilise about 200 tonne of agro-waste per day for the production of 50,000 litre of second-generation ethanol. The plants will be set up under technical collaboration with the Institute of Nuclear Energy Research (INER), Taiwan.
The facilities will be utilising agro-waste including rice straw, wheat straw and bagasse as raw materials to produce second-generation ethanol. The benefits of the project include additional income for farmers, reduction in stubble burning, socio-economic upliftment of farmers, saving on foreign currency and lowering bills of crude. The two plants are also expected to reduce carbon footprint and increase employment generation.
“The sanctioning of the mega-plants also strengthens our core mission of becoming the largest cellulosic ethanol producer in India and offer support to rural development and agricultural sectors. Going forward we will strive to contribute towards our honourable Prime Minister’s vision of 10 per cent ethanol blending in petrol by the year 2022,’’ said Bainu Anand Ahuja, Director, ShivOm Dayal Energies.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in this regard was signed during the two day UP Investors Summit 2018 held on 21-22 February 2018. A high-level committee headed by the state chief secretary had recently approved the project. Further Ernst & Young has been appointed as the transaction advisors of the company.