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Tank explosion at 2 Balrampur Chini boilers hits ethanol production

Saturday, Jan 18

 

By Preeti Bhagat

 

NEW DELHI – Pipelines of two incineration boilers were damaged in a carbon dioxide tank explosion at a distillery of Balrampur Chini Mills Ltd in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, two officials from the company said. There has been no report of casualty in the explosion.

 

The explosion affected ethanol production at the distillery. Against the production capacity of 160 kl per day, the distillery produced just 60 kl on Friday.

 

Balrampur Chini Mills is the country's second largest sugar manufacturing company.

 

"We expect to start producing 100 klpd (kl per day) ethanol from Monday, but it will take another 10 days for the distillery to run at its full capacity as both boilers have been damaged," one of the officials said.

 

The Balrampur-based company has four distilleries in total with a combined production capacity of 520 kl per day.

 

"The explosion happened due to some reaction… One boiler of 20 tn capacity will start operations from Sunday, but the larger boiler with the capacity of 60 tn will take sometime to come back on track," another official said.

 

The total crushing capacity of the Uttar Pradesh-based company's 10 sugar mills is 76,500 tn cane per day.

 

For 2019-20 (Dec-Nov), Balrampur Chini has signed contracts to supply 84.8 mln ltr of ethanol after the first round of bidding for the ethanol tender floated by oil marketing companies.

 

On Friday, share of Balrampur Chini Mills ended 0.5% lower at 192 rupees on the National Stock Exchange.  End

 

Edited by Akul Nishant Akhoury

 

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