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Green Fuels and Aris BioEnergy sign MoU to roll out biodiesel production in India

UK-headed biofuel technology developer Green Fuels Ltd has announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Aris BioEnergy Pvt Ltd, having a large-scale network of used cooking oil (UCO) aggregation, committing the two companies to a biodiesel refining joint venture in India.

Green Fuels’ FuelMatic biodiesel production equipment incorporates patented and proprietary features and is designed to process waste cooking oils and animal fats, and is being used around the world (photo courtesy Green Fuels).

Under the agreement, Green Fuels and Aris BioEnergy have formed a company that will leverage Aris’s considerable experience in used cooking oil (UCO) collection in the Mumbai metropolitan area.

This feedstock will be transformed into biodiesel in a Green Fuels FuelMatic GSX20 biorefinery to be located in an industrial zone midway between Mumbai and Pune. The plant will have the capacity to produce 20 000 litres per day of biodiesel.

The joint venture is currently engaged in the tendering process to supply the offtake from this and future plants to India’s three state-operated Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs).

We are delighted to be partnering with Green Fuels, whose state-of-the-art biorefining tech will enable us to take advantage of very favourable market conditions in India where timely government action, in the form of a 5 percent blend mandate, a ban on the export of waste cooking oil and off-take price guarantees from the OMCs, has at a stroke, created demand for biodiesel and stimulated the country’s growing bioeconomy. Current national production capacity meets just 8 percent of demand, so there is considerable scope for expansion across India, said Umesh Waghdhare, CMD at Aris BioEnergy.

Responding to Waghdhare’s remarks, Green Fuels CEO James Hygate noted that India, “which is leading the world in incentivising biofuels production, is pivotal” in Green Fuels worldwide refining capacity-building programme.

We are proud to be exporting the post-COVID green recovery to India, and perhaps most important, building a business that will install 20 similar plants across the country and save a million tonnes of CO2 by 2025, said James Hygate.

Alan Gemmell OBE, HM Trade Commissioner for South Asia and British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India commented that with one year to go to COP26, the UK and India “are playing leading global roles to tackle climate change and promote clean energy transition. Aris Green Fuels Pvt Ltd’s innovative green-tech solution demonstrates the essential role business will play in meeting our COP26 goals.”

Reacting to the MoU announcement, Honourable Environment Minister of Maharashtra, Aaditya Thackeray said that the State of Maharashtra is committed to building a cleaner and greener future.

Today’s MoU signing between Green Fuels UK and Mumbai based Aris BioEnergy is a big step in the right direction, re-affirming our commitment towards attracting ‘Green’ investments and projects into the state of Maharashtra. The state is working actively on implementing various initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint and impact on climate change and is working on implementing large scale Renewable Energy projects, said Minister Thackeray.

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