New Delhi, 11th August 2021 - To underline the growing confidence in the nascent yet extremely promising biofuel industry in India, VERBIO AG has underlined its growth and market penetration commitment by signing a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with India’s largest integrated and diversified energy company, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., which has presence across the entire hydrocarbon value chain and accounts for the largest market share of India’s petroleum product consumption.
Welcoming the collaboration between IndianOil and VERBIO, the Chairman of IndianOil underscored that the Joint Venture with VERBIO would combine IndianOil’s expertise in harnessing and marketing alternative energy and VERBIO’s strength as an international major, to strengthen the country’s pursuit of biofuels. He also mentioned that the MoU will usher in a new era for India and IndianOil in the biogas segment partnering with the world leader in biogas viz. VERBIO, Germany.
VERBIO’s Vice-CEO/COO, Prof. Dr. Oliver Luedtke, views the strengths of VERBIO’s supply chain experience and technology leadership along with IndianOil’s market reach across the whole nation extremely synergistic making the proposed co-operation an absolute “win-win” for the both companies. He, along with VERBIO India’s Managing Director Ashish Kumar, have been key in shaping this cooperation with IndianOil. The target of the proposed cooperation is to replicate and multiply the “proof of concept” which VERBIO will provide towards end-2021 by commissioning their first 33 tons per day of Compressed Biogas Plant in Punjab. Both, VERBIO and IndianOil managements, are extremely positive on the scaling-up potential primarily due to the abundance of un-utilized agriculture feedstock (>90 million tons agricultural residues burnt annually) supported by growing consumption of CNG (CBG/BioCNG) primarily due to being the most cost-effective fuel as compared to petrol or diesel in India. The challenge associated with “stubble burning” in India can get addressed seriously only when there is “perfect combination” of proven technology from VERBIO for conversion of agricultural waste to energy/fuel, an cost-effective supply chain supported by an extensive network of country-wide distribution and retail channels from IndianOil across automotive, industrial and commercial end use applications.
Through signing of the MoU, VERBIO and IndianOil intend to collaborate to leverage each other’s strength for mutual benefit. VERBIO can provide end-to-end solution for the agricultural feedstock supply, EPC for setting up of biofuel refineries based on VERBIO’s own patented technologies and global operational excellence of these refineries. IndianOil through the presence of its vast marketing network in India would offtake the CBG/biofuels and market the same in its channel network.
VERBIO is present in Indian market since 2016 with its 100% owned subsidiary, VERBIO India Pvt Ltd, headed by Mr. Ashish Kumar, and will be commissioning as its first “proof of concept” India’s largest biofuel (Biomethane/BioCNG) production unit with 33 TPD (tons per day) of BioCNG capacity in district Sangrur, Punjab. VERBIO and IndianOil have been associated since 2017 wherein VERBIO also has commercial agreement with IndianOil for the BioCNG offtake from its production unit at district Sangrur, Punjab planned to be commissioned by end-2021.
As next steps, VERBIO and IndianOil will jointly evaluate the economic feasibility for the multiplication of BioCNG production units so as to form the foundation of the planned Biofuels Joint Ventrure company for the Indian market in coming years.
For more information please contact:
VERBIO India Pvt. Ltd. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd.
Mr Ashish Kumar Shantanu Gupta
Managing Director Chief General Manager I/C (AE&SD)
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