DIBRUGARH, Oct 7 - The State-run Assam Petro-Chemicals Limited (APL), Namrup has launched Asia�s first canister-based green and clean fuel pilot project of �Methanol Cooking Stove� yesterday.
The pilot project was launched under the aegis of NITI Aayog and the Department of Industries and Commerce, Government of Assam. The project was inaugurated by Dr VK Saraswat, member of NITI Aayog and Chairman, Methanol Apex Committee at the Assam Petro Chemicals campus in the presence of Dibrugarh MP Rameswar Teli, Deputy Commissioner Laya Madduri and other State Government representatives. Prasanth Guru Srinivas, Core Committee Member, Methanol and Founder Director, Catalytic Think Tank Forum also attended the programme.
Dr VK Saraswat said that the project was a natural extension of the Prime Minister�s vision of reducing import of crude and an effort to provide clean, import substitute, cost-effective and pollution-free cooking medium for women.
The safe handling canister-based cooking stoves are from Swedish technology and through a technology transfer a largescale cooking stove manufacturing plant will come up in India in the next 18 months.
The cooking medium can directly substitute LPG, kerosene, wood, charcoal and any other fuel for cooking. Assam Petro-Chemicals Limited has been manufacturing methanol since the last 30 years and is in the process of upgrading its 100 TPD methanol plant to 600 TPD by December 2019, said Dr Saraswat.