Haryana Government Signs MoU With IOCL To Set Up Biogas Plant Across The State
Haryana Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) for setting up bio-CNG plants based on paddy straw and other agro or organic waste in the State. The first such Compressed Biogas Plant will be set up in Kurukshetra. The MoU, which was signed in the presence of Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, would open opportunities for setting up of 200 Compressed Biogas Plants (CBP) in the State by 2023, with a total capacity of about 1000 tons per day of compressed biogas. This would result in annual production of about four lakh tons of compressed biogas per annum. The Chairman, Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency (HAREDA) Mr Shailendra Shukla signed the MoU on behalf of the State Government, Executive Director Mr Subodh Kumar signed on behalf of IOCL.
Mr Subodh Kumar also requested the Chief Minister to lay the foundation stone of first Compressed Biogas Plant in Kurukshetra in the month of November this year. He said that with the signing of MOU today, the IOCL would start work on the setting up of this plant.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government intends to promote agriculture waste-based biomass or waste to compressed biogas or Bio CNG plants in the State to tackle the issue of crop residue burning and scientific disposal of agriculture waste. This he said, would not only increase farmer’s income by sale of crop residue but also create rural employment opportunities.
Additional Chief Secretary, New and Renewable Energy Mr P.K Mahapatra said that the CBG plants would be set up by entrepreneurs for which technology would be provided by the IOCL. He said that the production of CBG on a commercial scale would have several benefits including reducing pollution due to crop burning and providing an economic alternative to crop residue, providing additional sources of revenue to farmers, rural employment and value creation in the rural economy.
He said that the compressed biogas is similar to the commercially available CNG in its composition and energy potential and hence it could be utilized as a green automotive fuel. He said that by-product of the CBG plant is bio-compost. The Indian Oil would facilitate retailing of bio-compost through retail outlets, he added.
Executive Director, IOCL Mr Subodh Kumar said that Haryana has a large potential for producing Compressed Biogas from agriculture residue and other waste. He said that a 100 TPD agro residue feedstock capacity biogas plant could produce about 10 TPD compressed biogas and 30 TPD dry manure. The cost of such a plant is about Rs 35 crore and requires six to ten acres of land. He said that they intend to promote Compressed Biogas (CBG) with about 96 per cent methane content which would be better than CNG (about 86 per cent methane) and would have better combustion qualities.