News - India: Indian Railways announced setting up four bio-diesel plants to boost green energy production

Indian Railways would try to reduce its carbon footprint by setting up bio-diesel plants …

·        According to new railway policy, diesel used for locomotives must be blend with at least 10% of bio-diesel

·        As a result, Indian Railways has announced setting up 4 bio-diesel plants so as to boost green energy production as well as reduce its carbon footprints

·        First two bio-diesel plants would be of 30-tonne capacity each costing $5.44 million to be installed at Tondiarpet, Tamil Nadu and Raipur, Chhattisgarh. Both these plants are expected to be commission by 2013. Location and capacity of other two bio-diesel plants is yet to be finalized

·        Currently, Indian Railways has agreement with Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) since 2003 to plant, extract and blend the fuel into high-speed diesel. As a part of this agreement, Indian railways had given 500 hectares of land speared across Rajkot, Bhavnagar and Jaipur to IOC for plantation which is expected to provide approximately 800 tonnes of bio-diesel

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