Namakkal CBG unit to become a model as government plans to set up 5000 plants: IOCL ED

The government plans to set up 5000 compressed biogas (CBG) plants across the country and the unit in Puduchatram in Namakkal district will be the model said S. Sailendra, Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL).

In an interaction with media persons on Tuesday after visiting the CBG plant in Puduchatram, he said that the government has plans to set up 5000 CBG (compressed biogas) plants across the country by 2025.“

Oil marketing companies including IOCL have issued 2,400 letter of indents (LOIs) so far to set up the new CBG plants out of which 13 plants have been commissioned so far,” he said.

Mr Sailendra said the bio-manure, an important by-product of CBG plants, is in process of being included in the fertilizer control order 1985.

This will make it easier to market and provide an opportunity for organic farming across the country as the proposed 5,000 CBG plants are expected to produce 50 million tonnes of bio-manure per year.

He further informed that Indian Oil is marketing of CBG in five select outlets around Namakkal and Salem, and has plans for scaling up the network of CBG marketing as more and more vehicles convert to this green fuel.

Fuel efficiency of this product will drive demand he said. 

The Puduchatram CBG plant produces about five tonnes per day of CBG now and sold to industries and a network of five Indian Oil retail outlets in Namakkal and Salem which cater to about 200 vehicles and few private buses, Mr Sailendra added.

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