Hopes rise of streamlined supply-chain of feedstock, higher off-take
Representative Image of Biogas Plant (Source: Wikipedia)
Two of India’s large conglomerates – Adani Group and Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) — are planning to set up compressed biogas (CBG) plants over the next five years. With their entry, industry executives across the biogas value chain are hoping for a streamlined supply chain of feedstock, better finance, and higher offtake.
The early signs have been promising, as large players tie up for long-term sourcing.
A few months ago, Adani TotalEnergies invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from feedstock suppliers for a five-year contract to supply napier grass to its planned CBG plant in Uttar Pradesh. At 600 tonnes per day, this would be the largest in the country, the company claims.
Adani TotalEnergies plans to set up five CBG units across India, and RIL 100 plants, in the next five years.
Under the Sustainable alternative towards affordable transportation (Satat) scheme, the government is looking at adding 5,000 CBG plants and a production capacity of 15 million tonnes. The Satat scheme is promoted by state-backed firms such as Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, and GAIL.
According to GOBARdhan (Galvanising Organic Bio-Agro Resources Dhan) data, there are 58 functional CBG/Bio CNG plants in India.