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Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhanlays foundation stone for CBG plant in Bagalkot district of Karnataka

28th November, 2020 Energy

Context: This plant will utilize 200 TPD of press mud and will be commissioned at the estimated cost of about 42 crores.

  • This will generate about 10.2 TPD of CBG and also bio-manure.
  • Government is working to provide cleaner and sustainable energy.
  • India is not a polluting country, but still being a responsible global leader has underlined India’s commitment to sustainability and climate change mitigation. How can we achieve cleaner path in each activity

SATAT initiative:

  • It was launched in 2018 as part of the government vision to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and have an alternative source of clean fuel for transport.
  • Over the last two years, it has grown into one of flagship programs of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • SATAT will establish an ecosystem for the production of Compressed Bio Gas (CBG) from various waste and biomass sources in the country leading to multiple benefits.
  • Using agricultural and municipal wastes to produce gas under SATAT will reduce carbon emission and also fulfil Government’s commitment in COP-21.
  • It is also in line with the Swachh Bharat Mission of the Government. He exhorted the young entrepreneurs to invest in the initiative for creating a vibrant bio-gas system.
  • Various supports offered to CBG plants like floor price guarantee of CBG produced for 10 years, inclusion of CBG in priority sector lending by the RBI, subsidy scheme and support by various state government w.r.t allotment of land etc. have set the congenial ecosystem.
  • Efforts being to move towards ‘gas based economy’ in India, Ministry has signed MoUs with leading private sector energy companies for establishing about 900 CBG plants and also with technology partners for facilitating technological support for the projects.
  • With more number of private sector participation, the mission of achieving indigenous and sustainable production of clean fuel would be a game changer.
  • The SATAT initiative intends to augment the domestic gas availability to domestic and industrial sectors, this initiative shall promote AatmaNirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan of the Government and promote self-reliance, reduce import bills of crude and also boost employment. He said that Karnataka, which is predominantly an agriculture-based state, will greatly benefit from such plants.