Praj commissions India's first MSDH fuel ethanol plant in Maharashtra

By | June 01, 2002
India-based Praj has reportedly commissioned India's first fuel ethanol plant based on molecular sieve dehydration technology (MSDH-vapor phase) at Datta Sahakari Sakhar Karkhana Limited, Shirol (Maharashtra). Praj has partnered with Delta-T Corp. (USA) for the MSDH technology. For Datta SSK, Praj has earlier commissioned an energy integrated turnkey distillery based on continuous fermentation and multipressure distillation system developed by Praj.

Praj is presently executing four other projects for fuel ethanol production, including two projects for international clients.

The spurt in fuel ethanol plants in India is in response to the announcement by the Ministry of Oil and Natural Gas to introduce 5 percent ethanol to gasoline. A firm intention has been demonstrated by provision of a rebate on the surcharge on ethanol-blended gas in the recent union budget statements. Apart from India, Thailand, Australia and a few other countries have also announced plans to introduce ethanol blended gasoline in recent months.

Praj has made rapid progress on the international front. Recently, Praj was awarded an order for a 200,000 liters per day alcohol distillery in Thailand by Thai Alcohol, a renowned exporter of alcohol to Japan and Korea. This plant is based on multipressure distillation.

In Latin America too, Praj commissioned a continuous fermentation plant for Distelleria Unidas, Peru, which makes some of the finest rum brands in the region.

Praj received an order in Central America from M/s. Brugal for fermentation plant modernization in order to enhance production capacity and operation of the distillery.

Apart from these developments, Praj has achieved success in its efforts to expand raw material processing technology for ethanol production. An order for secondary juice to ethanol plant and another for beet to ethanol plant were recently awarded to Praj. In a company statement, Praj officials said the company has been "in the service of ethanol industry for the past 15 years and is committed to furthering the interest of the industry, be it potable, industrial or fuel grade alcohol."

Balrampur, a 40,000 liters per day fuel ethanol plant will be the first plant in north India to go on stream in the month of July.