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Nuberg EPC awarded Indian biofuel project

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Leading Indian EPC and turnkey project management company, Nuberg EPC, has been awarded the 10 tpd 2nd generation bioethanol-from-biomass plant project on an lump sum turnkey (LSTK) basis in Panipat, India. The project, owned by Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, will produce ethanol for fuel blending. Nuberg EPC will be the single-point solution company responsible from concept to commissioning of the project. The project is scheduled for an ambitious schedule of 11 months with mechanical completion by June 2022.

The project is based on technology developed by IOCL's R&D team and thus is a completely made-in-India undertaking for bioethanol. The government of India's blended ethanol fuel roadmap envisages raising pan-India ethanol production capacity from the current 700 to 1500 crore litres. This will enable the phased rollout of E10 fuel by April 2022 and the phased rollout of E20 from April 2023 for complete availability by April 2025. Currently, India is at approximately 8.33% ethanol blend. The advantages of using ethanol blended fuel include savings in foreign exchange along with reduced environmental pollution. Biomass based ethanol also helps increase the proportion of green energy in the conventional fossil fuel transportation industry and sets the pace for upcoming green hydrogen economy.

This project comes as another milestone for Nuberg EPC in the pandemic hit year 2021. The company earlier bagged prestigious projects in this period including castic soda plant project for LineerKostik Soda Sanayi AnominSirketi in Turkey; sulfuric acid project for SpreaMisr in Egypt; sulfuric acid plant project for Awash Melkassa Chemical Factory in Ethiopia; sulfuric acid plant project for International Company for Chemical Industry in Egypt; one of India's first commercial-scale fuel cell grade hydrogen plants in Vadodara; and hydrogen peroxide Plant for Uzbekistan Hydrogen JU LLC in Uzbekistan.

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