A biogas plant will be set up in Karnal, Haryana by Ajay Bio-energy Private Limited under Sustainable Alternative towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme. The plant will convert paddy straw into compressed biogas (CBG) which can be used in automobiles. The plant will produce at most 10,000 kg of CBG every day and will have a capacity to process over 40,000 tonnes of paddy straw in a year. This unit is expected to be fully operational by 2022.
In October 2018, the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) launched the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) programme, which aimed at providing sustainable alternatives to petrol and diesel. The scheme was launched with Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL) and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL). Under this scheme, expressions of interest were invited from project developers to set up compressed biogas (CBG) plants in a bid to provide cleaner and affordable fuel for vehicles through better use of agricultural residue, cattle dung and municipal solid waste. As a part of this scheme, the government announced that 5,000 biogas plants would be set up in the country over the next five years at an investment of Rs 1.75 trillion.
In an interview with Renewable Watch Dr Shukla, president of the Indian Biogas Association talked about the SATAT programme in detail. Read the interview here: