Many products are inconspicuous but have a big impact on our lives. Then there's ethanol. Particularly starting in 2020, this little-known substance will be a regular part of our lives. Certainly, many of us are unaware that the main component of hand sanitizers—effective weapons in our combat against Covid—is ethanol. Thus, learning about India's ethanol producers is interesting.
In 1975, Balarampur Chini was established. The corporation, which has its headquarters in Kolkata, is one of the biggest producers of ethanol and sugar. The company has a 520 KLPD ethanol distillation capacity and a 76500 TCD cane crushing capacity.
The distilleries are situated at Gularia, Balarampur, and Manakapur (all in Uttar Pradesh). At Maizapur, a new distillery with a 320 KLPD installed capacity is under construction. The company made Rs. 4812 crores in sales in FY 21.
To boost the contribution of ethanol in blending with gasoline, the corporation intends to increase production of ethanol from sugar-free molasses and sugar cane syrup.
In 1994, the company launched its first operation in Ramgarh, Uttar Pradesh, where it entered the sugar and ethanol industries. Later, the business increased its ability to produce ethanol by constructing Greenfield plants in Kolhapur, Maharashtra, and Jawaharpur, both in Uttar Pradesh. As a result, the company's total ethanol distillation capacity is 305 KLPD (kilolitres per day).
By distilling molasses, Dalmia Bharat Sugar creates many ethanol-based goods. Rectified Spirit (RS), Extra Neutral Alcohol (ENA), and drinkable triple-distilled alcohol are among the products offered. They are employed in the liquor business as well as in cosmetics and perfumeries. A solvent used in the chemical industry, denatured spirit, as well as fuel grade anhydrous ethanol for mixing with gasoline.
The largest producer of sugar and ethanol in India is Bajaj Hindusthan Sugar Company, which is based in Bombay. The business was founded in 1931 and quickly established itself as a pioneer in the Indian sugar sector. The initial factory had a daily cane crushing capability of up to 400 Tons and was situated in the Lakhimpur district of Gola Gokarannath, Uttar Pradesh. 13000 Mt of sugar cane can now be crushed each day in the same plant.
In India, the company started producing ethanol in 1944. BHSL now has an ethanol distillation capacity of 800000 liters per day and a crushing capacity of up to 136000 TCD.
In fourteen of its integrated sugar processing facilities in Uttar Pradesh, BHSL makes ethanol. The company produced 90900 KL of ethanol in FY 21, a 50% increase.
With seven sugar mills in Uttar Pradesh, Triveni Group, which was founded in 1932 and is also known as Ganga Sugar Corporation Ltd., is one of the largest integrated sugar producers in the nation. Also, the company's two distilleries in Uttar Pradesh's Sabitgarh and Muzaffarnagar have a combined 320 KLPD capacity for ethanol.
The company will soon have 660 KLPD of additional ethanol production, which should be operational in a year. Two other distilleries are also being built. The company is a significant supplier of ethanol to Indian oil corporations for gasoline mixes. In FY 21, the corporation reportedly brought in $4,664 crores.
Founded in 2009, HPCL Biofuels Ltd is a multinational corporation with operations in India that produces chemicals. HPCL, or Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited, is the business's owner. Bihar State Sugarcane Corporation Limited's sugar mills were invited by the government of Bihar in 2007, and ever then, HPCL Biofuels Limited has been a part of India's Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
The company primarily manufactures fuel ethanol chemicals, which can be combined with gasoline. Moreover, HPCL, BPCL, and IOCL, which are sister firms of HPCL Biofuels Limited, sell ethanol.
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