Indian Oil And LanzaTech Will Build Bioethanol Production Facility

July 14, 2017
Indian Oil Corporation Limited and, LanzaTech, a carbon recycling company, sign a Statement of Intent to construct a refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India.

Honorable Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Petroleum & Natural Gas, Govt. of India, Dharmedra Pradhan and Dr. Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech during the signing ceremony.

Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IndianOil) and LanzaTech, a carbon recycling company, sign a Statement of Intent to construct the world’s first refinery off gas-to-bioethanol production facility in India. LanzaTech’s gas fermentation process reportedly uses a biological catalyst to ferment waste gas emissions. The company’s technology allows refineries to divert waste gases from the grid, supporting the transition to fully renewable power while recycling carbon into liquid fuels and petrochemicals.

India is adopting a cleaner and greener economic growth pathway, according to the companies. The implementation of the National Smart Grid Mission along with new programs for increasing energy capacities from wind and waste conversion, are key elements of this vision. It is linked to the principle of “need-based consumption,” which supports maximizing existing resources and decarbonizing everyday activities.

The Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas aims to increase the supply of ethanol-blended petrol (E10) to all parts of the country. IndianOil is working to reduce its overall emissions and to improve refinery yields. LanzaTech technology reportedly enables the beneficial reuse of carbon-rich off-gases for the production of ethanol. The ethanol produced from the recycling of refinery off-gases is expected to have a greenhouse gas emissions savings of over 70% compared to conventional gasoline, according to the companies. 

The basic engineering for the 40 million liters (35K MTA) per annum demonstration facility will begin later this year for installation at IndianOil’s Panipat Refinery in Hayrana, India, at an estimated cost of 350 crore rupees (USD 55 million). It will be integrated into existing site infrastructure and will reportedly be LanzaTech’s first project capturing refinery off-gases. LanzaTech’s first commercial facility converting waste emissions from steel production to ethanol will come online in China in late 2017, according to the companies.

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