New Delhi: The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath inaugurated Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited’s (HPCL) pioneering biomass-based Compressed Biogas (CBG) Plant in Budaun on Saturday in the august presence of Union Petroleum Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. On the occasion, the State Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli, Member of Parilament from Aonla Dharmendra Kashyap, MLA from Dataganj Rajeev Kumar Singh, MLA from Budaun Sadar Mahesh Chandra Gupta and Senior officials from MoPNG and UP Govt along with HPCL's CMD and senior officials from HPCL were also present.
Speaking about HPCL’s CBG Plant Puri said that this plant has a processing capacity of 100 MTPD of rice straw and can generate 14 MTPD of CBG along with 65 MTPD of solid manure. The CBG plant at Badaun is commissioned with an investment of about Rs 133 crore by HPCL and is spread across an area of about 50 acres.
The inauguration of this CBG Plant aligns with the Govt’s emphasis on reducing dependence on imported fossil fuels. As part of the National Biofuel Policy 2018, this initiative contributes to the government’s goal of reducing import dependency by 10 percent, with a focus on second-generation (2G) bio refineries and CBG plants.
Puri further said that upon stabilization of production, the CBG plant at Badaun will help in reducing stubble burning of 17,500 - 20,000 acres of fields translating into an annual reduction of 55,000 tons of CO2 emissions and lead to direct employment generation of around 100 people and indirect employment generation of around 1000 people.
In the coming time, more than 100 such bio gas plants will be set up in UP, the Union Petroleum Minister added.
The Minister lauded the performance of Uttar Pradesh in various schemes of Government of India including Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Smart Cities Mission, PM SVANidhi scheme etc.
The Minister provided a snapshot of Progress of Oil and Gas Sector in Uttar Pradesh in the past 9.5 years. He highlighted the remarkable progress witnessed by state in terms of number of petrol pumps, LPG distributors, PNG Connections, CNG Stations, LPG Connections etc.