ITANAGAR, Oct 10 - Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources Development Agency (APBRDA) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL), Assam.
The MoU � signed in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki by APBRDA Vice Chairman Yura Tugung and NRL General Manager (Marketing and Business Development) Bruno Ekka � will pave the way for sourcing three lakh tonnes of bamboo per year by the NRL from the resource-rich hilly State, according to an official release here.
The release said, NRL is implementing a bio-refinery in Assam to produce bio-ethanol from bamboo. The project is proposed to be implemented in two years time. NRL has joined hands with Finland-based technology provider Chempolis, which has a third generation technology to convert bamboo to ethanol in commercially viable basis, which is much ahead of other established technology providers for conversion of bamboo to ethanol.
Chief Minister Tuki appreciated APBRDA, for the novel initiative that would offer a permanent source of revenue for bamboo growers and communities owning vast bamboo groves in the State.
NRL officials informed that the MoU will enable them to identify bamboo catchment areas for primary processing by the communities for converting into bio-fuel. It will also set up bamboo processing clusters in the State, which will ultimately promote bamboo plantation and processing for value addition along with providing large-scale sustainable employment opportunities for people in plantations and bamboo semi-processing units.
Meanwhile, NRL authorities informed that NRL is laying a product pipeline from Numaligarh Refinery in Assam to Itanagar (Doimukh IOC depot). �We have already done the preliminary survey for the 55 km pipeline and it will cross the Brahmaputra river from Kamargara to Gohpur,� informed NRL sources.