PTI. UK-Based D1 Oils will open its first Indian biodiesel refinery in Chennai early next year.
D1 Oils, which has formed a joint venture with Mohan Breweries and distilleries, plans to produce 8,000 metric tons of oil from jatropha in the initial year. It has begun large-scale jatropha cultivation in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Chattisgarh.
The company plans to have five million hectares of land under jatropha cultivation and to produce 2.7 metric tons of oil per hectare within five years.
Earlier this year, D1 announced a partnership with an Indian biotech firm to produce some 100 million tissue culture-derived Jatropha curcas plants to be used in jatropha plantations. (Earlier post.)