Foundation stone laid for CBG plant in Karnataka's Bagalkot

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This plant will utilise 200 TPD of press mud and will be commissioned at the estimated cost of about Rs 42 crore

Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday laid the foundation stone for the Leafiniti Bioenergy’s CBG plant in Bagalkot district of Karnataka, through video conference.

This plant will utilise 200 TPD of press mud and will be commissioned at the estimated cost of about Rs 42 crore. This will generate about 10.2 TPD of compressed bio gas (CBG) and also bio-manure. Praj Industries and DVO Inc have provided the technology for the proposed plant.

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that the government is working to provide cleaner and sustainable energy. India is not a polluting country, but still PM Narendra Modi as a responsible global leader has underlined India’s commitment to sustainability and climate change mitigation.

“How can we achieve cleaner path in each activity, is what we are striving for,” said the minister.

Pradhan said that the SATAT was launched in 2018 as part of the Prime Minister’s vision to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and have an alternative source of clean fuel for transport. Over the last two years, it has grown into one of flagship programs of MoPNG.

SATAT will establish an ecosystem for the production of CBG from various waste and biomass sources in the country leading to multiple benefits. Using agricultural and municipal wastes to produce gas under SATAT will reduce carbon emission and also fulfil government’s commitment in COP-21. It is also in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission of the government, he said. 

Pradhan exhorted the young entrepreneurs to invest in the initiative for creating a vibrant bio-gas system.

The minister said that CBG plants provide win-win situation for all the stakeholders.

“Various supports offered to CBG plants like floor price guarantee of CBG produced for 10 years, inclusion of CBG in priority sector lending by the RBI, subsidy scheme and support by various state government w.r.t allotment of land etc. have set the congenial ecosystem. It is now the turn of entrepreneurs and corporates to invest in the initiative for greater socio-economic returns”, he added.

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