Bio diesel venture in A.P.
By P. Vikram Reddy
FEB. 25. Bio diesel is generally accepted as an eco-friendly,
bio degradable product, which has wide acceptance, and can be
blended with diesel in varying proportions or used as a 100
per cent replacement for conventional diesel.
The first commercial venture of its kind
in the country called Southern Biofe Bio Fuels is proposed to
be set up in Andhra Pradesh. The plant will be extracting oil
from inputs such as pongamia, jetropha, neem or rice brawn.
The company has been promoted by the
Hyderabad based Southern OnLine Services (a listed company),
and is planning a Rs. 15 crore bio diesel project with technology
from Lurgi of German. With an initial capacity of 30 tonnes
a day (upgradable), it will be located at Choutuppal in Andhra
Satish Kumar, Director of Southern Biofe, said the project proposal
was under circulation with German Technological Co-operation
(GTZ) for financial assistance. Sample test reports have been
approved by Andhra Pradesh State Pollution Control Board. The
board and the Environment Ministry sent recommendations to various
departments to use the product and provide subsidies-cum-incentives,
he said. The company hopes to achieve financial closure by June
and commercial production by April 2005.