Praj Industries and Indian Oil Corporation have inked an MoU to explore opportunities to fast-track India’s transition to cleaner and greener sources of energy by exploring avenues such as the production of Alcohol to Jet (ATJ) fuels, 1G & 2G Ethanol, Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) and related opportunities in the biofuels industry.
This MOU will boost ATJ fuel production capacity and its use in India which will in turn help curb emissions emanating from the airplanes as per IATA’s (The International Air Transport Association) mandate, said the company.
As per the MoU, IndianOil and Praj will also collaborate to set up biofuel production facilities, including CBG, biodiesel and ethanol. The two companies would also work together to facilitate the sales and marketing of various co-products and intermediates produced from these facilities. Praj and IndianOil would explore and jointly work towards forming a 50:50 Joint Venture and identify partners to form special purpose vehicles (SPVs) under the proposed alliance.
Welcoming this collaboration, Mr. Shrikant Madhav Vaidya, Chairman of IndianOil, said, “Our alliance with Praj will augment the share of biofuels in India’s energy portfolio. Alcohol-to-Jet Fuel presents a great opportunity that must be leveraged to comply with the CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) guidelines to substantially reduce carbon emissions in the aviation sector. This development is in line with the ‘Panchamrit’ agenda unveiled by Hon’ble Prime Minister at the COP26 Glasgow Summit, to fight climate change and global warming.”
Dr Pramod Chaudhari, Founder Chairman, Praj Industries, said, “We are delighted to partner with IndianOil to increase the share of biofuels in India’s transportation fuel mix. Objectives of this overarching MoU are strategic in nature and encompass socio-economic-environmental aspects related to the nation’s growth. In a world threatened by climate change, the drive towards a low carbon economy is not an option; it is an obligation! Biofuels are playing a vital role in sustainable climate action.”
Praj possesses four decades of experience in developing and deploying innovative solutions for the production of renewable transportation fuel as part of its Bio‐MobilityTM technology platform. Bio-MobilityTM platform of low carbon transportation biofuels helps in sustainable decarbonization in the transportation sector, the second-largest GHG emitter after industry.