AABL has chalked out a huge greenfield expansion plan to capture domestic and international demand and serve all the segments of alcohol ranging from country liquors to IMFL. This plan includes setting up a multi-pressure ENA plant, a collector plant, a Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant and a 2 MW power plant.
Multi-pressure ENA plant
AABL is setting up a multi pressure ENA plant. This plant will completely replace the older plant and increase our production capacity from the present 42 MLPA to 65 MLPA. The multi-pressure ENA plant cuts down the stages in the manufacture and thus improves process efficiency.
Captive Power plant
The company is in the process of setting up a 2 MW biogas fuelled cogeneration power plant with a new 20 tonnes/ hour boiler at a cost of around Rs. 110 million. The plant along with the boiler is expected to commence commercial operations starting calendar year 2009.
The new co generation power plant will offer AABL the following advantages.
Captive power at drastically lower costs.
High pressure steam when passed through the turbines is transformed into low pressure steam that can be used to generate ENA. This will improve the quality of the product and cut fuel costs.
The fermentation of molasses or grain results in the emission of carbon dioxide. Normally this carbon dioxide is let off into the atmosphere as waste from the production process. AABL is now setting up a plant to collect, pressurize and sell CO2 to industries that use it as a feedstock. This will directly add to the bottom-line of the company and generate another stream of revenue.
Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant
Fresh water is a vital ingredient in the production of high grade alcohol. Reprocessed and treated water is used to economise the process. Conventional recycling methods result in wastage of water and using a Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant is ideal. AABL is setting up a Reverse Osmosis water treatment plant with a 1,650 m³ capacity per day.
The benefits of this plant:
The plant reduces the amount of waste effluent by treating it, thus reducing the environmental impact of the process.
Recycled water will meet around 60-70% of the requirement of the plant, thus drastically reducing dependence on bore wells, and cutting electricity consumption.
While each of these initiatives help conserve energy, improve production efficiency and add to the revenue stream, put together they represent a complete revamp of the company production facilities, that will reduce processing costs.