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Simbhaoli Sugars commissions Fuel Ethanol plant at Chilwaria
Lucknow, October 5, 2006: Simbhaoli Sugars Ltd (SSL) has today announced commissioning of its new Ethanol plant at Chilwaria (District Bahraich, UP). The molasses based ethanol manufacturing plant with an installed capacity of 60 KL/D has been set up adjacent to SSML’s chilwaria sugar plant. The project was completed at a cost of over Rs 25 crore in a record time of 9 months.
“Simbhaoli has become one of the largest producers of Ethanol today. We envisage higher revenues from our Ethanol business as Simbhaoli is poised to benefit from Govt of India’s ethanol blended petrol (EBP) programme and also because of its proximity to key markets of Delhi, UP and Haryana”, says Mr G S Mann, Chairman & Managing Director, SSL.
Further this is in accordance with the green fuel initiative taken by the Central Government for reducing dependence on imported and scarce petroleum products.
With the commissioning of Chilwaria facility, SSL’s total ethanol production capacity is now 150 KL/D, which the company plans to scale up to 180 KL/D with the opening of Brijnathpur facility in March 2007.
“Getting into Ethanol production is part of our strategy to derisk our business model and getting into non sugar businesses such as Ethanol, bio manure, power cogeneration. We are now one of the largest integrated sugar complexes in the country”, says Dr Rao, Executive Director, SSL.
The company is already supplying 11 million liters of Ethanol to oil majors such as Indian Oil and BPCL in the states of UP and Haryana.
The diversification towards ethanol is part of Rs 404 crore growth plan chalked out by SSL which will be concluded by March 2007.
About SSML: Simbhaoli Sugars Limited (SSL) is one of India’s leading producers of high quality sugar and operates one of the largest integrated sugar complexes in India. It produces and sells international standard refined, pharmaceutical-grade and specialty sugars to the retail and bulk institutional consumer segments. Its sugar brand, Trust, commands a significant share of the north Indian market. SSML is a major supplier to a multinational and domestic customer base that includes Coca-Cola, Heinz, PepsiCo, GlaxoSmithKline, Haldiram’s, Oberoi Hotels, Taj Group of Hotels, and Jet Airways. Currently, SSML operates two technologically advanced sugar-manufacturing facilities in Simbhaoli and Chilwaria, both located in Uttar Pradesh. The company’s facilities have a total installed sugarcane crushing capacity of 13,300 TCD and are capable of manufacturing up to 200,000 MTPA of sugar. With the ongoing growth plan in place, the sugar crushing capacity will go upto 20,100 TCD from November 2006 onwards. The Company also utilizes a significant proportion of the by-products from the sugar production process to co-generate power and manufacture ethanol, alcohol and bio-manure for sale to third parties.