India: 5 % Biodiesel Target Aemetis Increases Capacity of Indian Biodiesel Plant to 165,000 Metric Tonnes
Aemetis announced that its Universal Biofuels subsidiary has completed a two-year upgrade of the Kakinada biodiesel and glycerin plant in India. The upgrades to the Kakinada plant included installation of a pre-treatment unit to process lower-cost and waste feedstock into oil and the expansion of boiler and other utility capacities.
Cupertino/USA; Hyderabad/India — The expansion enables full production of 165,000 metric tonnes per year of biodiesel and bio-oil while simultaneously operating the biodiesel, pretreatment, and glycerin refining units.
In the first three quarters of 2018, the India biodiesel plant produced about 15,200 metric tonnes of biodiesel during the plant upgrade construction. After the expansion, current Kakinada plant capacity is approximately 165,000 metric tonnes of biodiesel and bio-oil production capacity per year, and approximately 18,000 metric tonnes of glycerin refining capacity per year.
The 2018 India National Policy on Biofuels issued by the Indian Government increased the target for domestic biodiesel consumption to 5 % of the approximately 25 billion gallons of petroleum diesel consumed in India each year from currently less than a 1 % biodiesel blend. In mid-2018, the Goods & Services Tax on biodiesel was reduced from 18 % to 12 % to support expansion of biodiesel. In late 2018, the India Supreme Court determined that biodiesel may be sold at retail fueling stations, significantly expanding the market for biodiesel in India. The India government has recently issued a purchase requisition for approximately 260 million gallons of biodiesel for year 2019 to be supplied by domestic India biodiesel producers.