Praj’s Global Decarbonization Campaign for a Sustainable Future
Praj Hipurity | October 23, 2019
By developing innovative and sustainable decarbonization solutions using circular bioeconomy, Praj is combatting the evils of climate change across the world. Praj is a name to reckon with not just in the home market of India but in South East Asia, Africa, Europe and South America. Praj has executed more than 240 projects in 45+ countries such as Peru, Guatemala, Guyana, Sierra Leone and developed countries like USA, UK, Germany, Belgium and Finland.
South East Asia
Praj entered the South east Asian market in 1992 and the first Bioethanol production plant of 1,20,000 litre per day was commissioned in 1994 at Lawang, Indonesia. Praj has supplied plants in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam etc.
The predominant feedstock for bioethanol in this region is cassava, sugarcane molasses and juice. Thailand implemented biofuels program successfully and phased out premium gasoline with gasohol. Philippines has mandated 10% ethanol blending, while Australia has a 2% mandate for blending. Japan imports ethanol for production of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE – an oxygenate). Praj has also installed facilities in Vietnam for blending.
For the last two decades in Africa, Praj has been partnering with African companies in the sugar and ethanol sector by offering technology, engineering and turnkey solutions. As the awareness about ethanol, environmental concerns and the kind of profitability it can bring to the sugar mills grew across Africa, so did our experience and understanding of Africa as a continent. With 54 nations forming the African Union, one must understand the nuances of working in each region as a separate entity and that is exactly what Praj has done.
With significant work in Algeria, Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Turkey and Zimbabwe over last twenty years, Praj is committed to the development of African continent by way of its focus on process solutions for agri-processing, energy and environment.
Europe is at the forefront of fuel ethanol to mitigate climate change evils. It also offers opportunities for pharmaceutical grade of ethanol. With more than two decades, Praj has carved a space for itself in Europe.
UK’s largest fuel ethanol plant for Vivergo Fuels, with an ethanol production capacity of 1.2 mn liter per day deploys Praj technology. Recently, Praj also commissioned a vodka grade beverage alcohol plant in Poland with energy saving Ecosmart technology. Praj works with marquee customers within Europe and has references in UK, Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Bulgaria, etc.
South America is the land of abundant natural resources like fertile soils, water and minerals. The agrarian continent has soil-climate conditions suitable for sugarcane cultivation. This has led to the development of downstream ethanol industry and other chemical and bioenergy plant.
One of the most efficient sugar producers of the world, Colombia is also an exemplar in successful implementation of ethanol blending program in the world. Colombia’s fuel ethanol program was launched in 2002 when the government passed a law mandating use of fuel ethanol in gasoline.
Praj is proud to fulfil 100% of Colombia’s fuel ethanol programme by installing ethanol production plant. These plants serve as a benchmark in the entire South American continent.
Production of first fuel ethanol plant began in October 2005 with an output of 300,000 liter per day in the Cauca Region. By March 2006, four more plants in the Cauca Valley were operational with a combined capacity of 1.05 million liter per day or 357 million liter per year.
Besides Colombia, Praj has references in Argentina, Peru, Guatemala, Mexico and many other South Central American countries. Praj serves clients in South and North America from its office in Houston, Texas.
Offerings and core competencies
Praj’s basket of offerings to the international market include-
- Feasibility studies
- Feed for projects investment and planning.
- Extended basic engineering
- EPC projects/ lumpsum turnkey projects.
- Multi-disciplinary detailed engineering
- Project management
- Procurement services
- Construction and construction management
The company has core competencies in areas such as pre feed projects/ feed projects, engineering and supply projects. Praj offers engineering, supply and construction supervision, and engineering, supply and construction of parts or sections with utilities. Praj also offers EPC/ LSTK (Lump Sum Turnkey) for ethanol, Brewing technology, brewery projects, EPC projects with front end packing and utilities.
Project and construction management
Praj’s exemplary project and construction management skills are key to the success of international and domestic projects. The company’s project management team has global experience of creating more than 700 references all over the world. Other facets of project management include-
- PMP certified project managers.
- 14,000 man years of experience
- Capability of working in different geographies.
- Modern project control and monitoring systems and processes.
The construction management team comprises civil, mechanical, electrical, construction, and structural engineers for multidisciplinary skills. The team boasts of strong safety management system, exposure to different geographies and innovative contracting strategies.
Facts at a glance: Praj’s international footprint
- Overall offering-Concept to commissioning
- 40% of revenue generated from exports
- 114 fuel ethanol plants installed globally
- Range of plant capacity — 10 to 1200 kLPD (kilo liters per day)
- Total installed plant capacity of more than 37,000 kLPD
- Range of services – Feasibility studies, feed for project investment and planning, extended basic engineering, EPC / lumpsum turnkey projects, multi-disciplinary detailed engineering, project management, procurement services, construction and construction management.