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Aug 27, 2009

TNAU entered MoU with BPCL !


Tamil Nadu Agricultural University here has entered into an MoU with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL), Mumbai for jointly undertaking sugarcane development activities in East and West Champaran districts of Bihar.The HPCL plans to set up the first of its kind project, which would convert sugarcane juice directly into ethanol in the sugar mills viz. Sugauli and Lauriya, Dr S Jeyaraman, Director, Centre for Soil and Crop Management studies of the University said in a release today.

The Rs 70 lakh integrated project involves the sugar factories for manufacture of white plantation sugar from 50 per cent mixed juice, thereby making available entire bagasse for co-gen power plant and balance 50 per cent mixed juice and molasses generated during manufacture of sugar for the ethanol plant, he said.

The project is envisaged to have a crushing capacity of 3,500 tonnes per day at Sugauli and Lauriya in a location which has ample production of sugarcane in the vicinity.The project included setting up of a 60 kilo litre per day distillery unit for producing ethanol for captive utilisation and sharing to other oil marketing companies, along with a 20 MW co-generation plant where surplus power would be exported, Jeyaraman informed.

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