Indian Institute Petroleum sets up plant turn plastic waste into diesel
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Indian Institute of Petroleum sets up plant to turn plastic waste into diesel

10:33 AM, 30th August 2019
Indian Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurating the plant at the Indian Institute of Petroleum. Photo: DNA India
Indian Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurating the plant at the Indian Institute of Petroleum. Photo: DNA India

DEHRADUN: Indian Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a plant at the Indian Institute of Petroleum, which can turn plastic waste into diesel.

Congratulated the scientists of IIP for discovering the technology after years of research, the minister said it was a commendable step towards ensuring freedom from plastic.

"By producing diesel out of plastic waste on a large scale, the plant is not just a good step towards freedom from plastic but will also reduce our dependence on other countries for petroleum products," Harsh Vardhan said after inaugurating the plant in the presence of Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.

Terming it a big achievement, Rawat said apart from protecting the environment, the plant will also boost economic growth as it will produce 800 litres of diesel from one tonne of plastic waste which will be collected with the help of NGOs.

IIP scientists said that this plant has been started as a pilot project but soon will work at a commercial level. The entire cost of the plant can be recovered within years. The oil produced here will be used for government and army vehicles and also those of institute officials.

Director of IIP, Dr Anjan Ray said to Zee Media, "With the rising demand for oil, such new plants can increase the supply while also protecting the environment. On the other hand, new jobs can also be created as the development in this field picks up."

Source: PTI

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