Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sentini Bio sets up corn-based ethanol plant in AP

Hyderabad, Jun 23: Sentini Bioproducts Pvt Ltd, promoted by the Rs 450-crore Sentini group of companies (Chairman, Tipirneni Seshagiri Rao) has set up a corn-based ethanol plant at Gandepalli village, Krishna district with a capacity of 45,000 kilolitres per annum of ethanol and industrial alcohol.

The plant is being built at a cost of Rs 130 crore and is expected to provide direct employment to 350 persons and indirect employment to over 1,000 persons. The technology is obtained from world leaders in ethanol technology such as Cemcorp Ltd, Canada along with their Indian partner and collaborator, KBK Chem-Engineering Private Ltd, Pune.

The company has also sourced other technology support and services from Corn Plus, US, which has extensive experience of and operating corn-based ethanol and alcohol plants world over.
Further, for raw materials, the plant is nearer to corn-growing areas and ample supplies of corn, jowar and other coarse millets are assured. The plant has been designed to utilise broken cereals as well. The plant adds value through agro-processing to manufacture much-needed ethanol for blending with petrol as well as other by-products like carbon-dioxide (CO2) and dry distilled grain with solubles (DDGS).

While the main product is ethanol, which is a petroleum additive and has multiple industrial uses, its by-products include food grade carbon-dioxide for bottling of soft drinks, use as an industrial gas as well as for making dry ice. It also proposes to produce dry distilled grain with solubles (DDGS) which a protein rich, high energy food which is used for poultry and cattle.

As part of its future plans, the company proposes to undertake expansion of capacity with an additional investment of Rs 89 crore and complete the expansion programme by 2010.

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