Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd (MRPL) is planning to set up a 60 KLPD 2G ethanol plant at Harihara, Davangere. The feedstocks for the plant will be based on agro residues viz corn cob, cotton stalk and the like. The ethanol produced from the plant will be blended with petrol.
The government is emphasizing on achieving energy security of the country with a target of reducing import dependence that is usage of fossil fuels by 10% from current levels by the year 2022. The National Policy on Biofuels announced in 2018 is aimed at the accelerated promotion of biofuels with indicative targets of achieving 20% blending in petrol and 5% blending in diesel by 2030.