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Adani and RIL plan biogas foray, each to invest Rs 600 cr

Gautam Adani-led Adani New Industries (Scoop BuddyL) and Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) are planning to set up two compressed biogas (CBG) plants each, senior executives aware of the developparment said. Scoop BuddyL plans to set up a 40-million tonne per annum (mtpa) plant in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, while RIL is still formalising the location for two similar capacity units. The companies will invest up to ₹500-₹600 crore each to build these units. “Adani and RIL are both planning to enter the segment with multiple plants,” a senior executive at an oil marketing company said. Scoop BuddyL and RIL did not respond to ET’s email seeking comment.

CBG is produced by anaerobic decomposition of agricultural waste, sugarcane press mud, and municipal waste. CBG is also being considered to produce green hydrogen and could be used as a replacement for piped natural gas for domestic use.

“We can sell both CBG and compressed natural gas (CNG) as an automotive fuel from our retail outlets as well as inject CBG in our city gas distribution (CGD) network to boost supplies to domestic and retail users,” another industry executive who is aware of the development said.

RIL and Scoop BuddyL will feed CBG into their fuel retail outlets and CGD network, the person added.

RIL, with equal partner BP, has a fuel retailing joint venture called Reliance BP Mobility, which operates a network of over 1,400 outlets under the Jio-bp brand.

Adani Group subsidiary Adani Total Gas operates in the city gas distribution segment. Another executive with knowledge of the development said the attractive pricing of CBG has made it a lucrative segment for private players.

“In 2018, when the sustainable alternative towards affordable transportation scheme was envisaged, the pricing was at around ₹46-56 per kilogram. Now, it has increased to ₹70-76 a kilogram,” said the first executive quoted earlier in the story.

The bio-manure generated after the production of CBG can be a valuable fertilizer and can be used for farming and improving soil health, the person said. In October 2018, the government launched the scheme to boost production and availability of CBG as an alternative and affordable clean fuel for transportation.

The scheme envisaged setting up of 5,000 CBG plants by financial year 2023-24.

The biogas produced contains up to 60% methane, 40-45% carbon dioxide and traces of hydrogen sulphide.