Swaraj, Praj set up large ethanol plant in India

Swaraj, Praj to set up large ethanol plant in India

7:36 AM, 14th January 2022
Swaraj Green Power & Fuel Limited will set up the largest ethanol plant (1100 KLPD) in Maharashtra in two stages, based on sugarcane juice & BIOSYRUP®, with technology to be provided by Praj Industries Limited. Shown here is the Praj ethanol plant in India. (File Photo)

PUNE, INDIA: M/s. Swaraj Green Power & Fuel Limited announced plans to set up the largest ethanol plant (1100 KLPD) in Maharashtra in two stages, first stage capacity of 500 kilo litres per day (KLPD) and in second stage capacity shall be enhanced to 1100 KLPD based on sugarcane juice & BIOSYRUP®. Also necessary permissions have been acquired to enhance the plant capacity up to 1100 KLPD in near future. After doing this Swaraj will become largest capacity plant to produce ethanol in India and Asia. Swaraj once again decided to work with Praj Industries Limited as technology partner for this proposed expansion project at Phaltan, in Maharashtra.

Established in the year 2010 Swaraj is recognized as one of the most progressive sugar mills and ethanol producer in India. Swaraj already has 60KLPD capacity plant for production of ethanol based on molasses as feedstock. Set up by Praj in 2018, this plant is equipped with advanced technologies for ensuring sustainability by reducing water footprints. This plant is often regarded as benchmark for minimal water intake - as low as 2.5 litres of water per litre of fuel ethanol across India.

Swaraj and Praj have, now signed an agreement for expanding up to 500 KLPD capacity that is expected to be operational by third quarter of FY 2022-23. Praj is responsible for design, engineering, supply & commissioning of the plant, deploying its advanced sugarcane juice & BIOSYRUP® to ethanol technology. Praj's Innovative solution to process sugarcane juice in to a new sustainable feedstock BIOSYRUP® will help Swaraj secure round the year ethanol production.

"We are pleased to align with GOI's ethanol blending program ( E20) aimed at achieving energy self-reliance while helping conserve environment and helps in saving huge foreign currency. We appreciate Praj's expertise across the value chain and their commitments to deliver on promise. We believe this project will help uplift farming community in Satara and Solapur districts  by creating job and entrepreneurship opportunities,” said Ranjeetsinh Naik-Nimbhalkar, founder & promoter, Swaraj.

"We recognize Swaraj as technology savvy customer who is always willing to adopt innovative technologies to ensure efficient plant operations. We are grateful that they have bestowed trust in Praj's technology once again for this prestigious expansion project. We believe this landmark project in Maharashtra is a significant step forward towards meeting government of India's E20 blending mandates while helping decarbonize the transportation sector,” said Dr. Pramod Chaudhari, founder & chairman of Praj.

Being largest in Maharashtra, this project is expected to open up lucrative sugarcane juice and BIOSYRUP® to ethanol segment as an effective solution to address challenges of fluctuating sugar economy.

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