Emami Group plans to set up a Rs.100 crore bio-diesel plant Haldia in West Bengal. The capacity of the unit would initially be of 50,000 tonnes per annum, with provision built-in to scale up production to 1 lakh tonnes.
Mott Macdonald of UK had done the initial feasibility study for the proposed project. The list of suppliers short-listed, all from Europe, are names such as Lurgi (Germany), Energia-Artica (Austria), BDI Technologies (Austria) and Desmat Ballestra (Italy).
The company had also held discussions with some US technology suppliers. The suppliers of plant and machinery would be finalised by July-end, and project would begin by mid-August.
On Jatropha cultivation, Mr Agarwal said the company has tied up with IIT, Kharagpur for the scientific inputs. It already has an arrangement with the IIT for its amla products in the Ayurvedic range. In Bengal, the Group has launched its own Jatropha project at a 150-acre site near Bolpur. In other States, a contract farming approach is being adopted, with land area of nearly 5,000 acres.