India Hits 15% Ethanol Blending Milestone, Eyes 20% by 2025
India Hits 15% Ethanol Blending Milestone, Eyes 20% by 2025

India Hits 15% Ethanol Blending Milestone, Eyes 20% by 2025

  • 13-Jun-2024 11:03 AM
  • Journalist: Jacob Kutchner

India has achieved a significant milestone by reaching 15% ethanol blending in its fuel mix, a major stride towards sustainable energy practices. Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced this achievement, highlighting the nation's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and enhancing energy security. The ambitious target now is to achieve 20% ethanol blending by 2025, a move set to revolutionize the country’s energy landscape. This advancement aligns with global trends towards cleaner energy and reflects India's proactive approach in addressing climate change.

Upon assuming office, the Minister addressed the media, emphasizing the accelerated ethanol blending goal, which was originally set for 2030. He highlighted this change as a demonstration of India's commitment to improving its energy matrix. He noted that in May alone, the country surpassed 15% ethanol blending. He expressed confidence that, based on the current progress, the 20% blending target would be achieved by 2025.

Puri also underscored the launch of green hydrogen projects as part of India's efforts to reduce carbon emissions. He mentioned that the first 10 MW green hydrogen plant was commissioned on May 27, 2024, during the election period. Additionally, he stated that many Oil PSUs are in the process of issuing tenders for the supply of green hydrogen. Puri highlighted the operational green hydrogen station in Kochi, which services buses from Kochi Airport, marking a significant advancement in sustainable public transportation.

The Minister also addressed the broader energy landscape, highlighting the successful expansion of LPG coverage under the Ujjwala scheme and the anticipated rise in oil and gas production. He noted that LPG connections have increased from 14 crores in 2014 to 32 crores currently. Additionally, he mentioned that oil production from the 98/2 well is expected to soon reach 45,000 barrels per day.

Discussing upcoming projects in the refining sector, Shri Puri highlighted significant advancements. BPCL is in advanced stages of setting up greenfield refineries to enhance refining capacity and reduce import dependence. Additionally, GAIL is planning to establish an ethane cracker unit, which will bolster the petrochemical sector by providing essential raw materials. Puri also mentioned that BPCL's Bina refinery is progressing well, aiming to meet rising energy demands. Furthermore, IOCL is developing the Cauvery Basin Refinery in Chennai, which will contribute significantly to the region's energy infrastructure. These projects underscore India's commitment to strengthening its energy sector and achieving self-reliance.

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