Century Refineries sets up largest facility in Karnataka
Recycling of Waste Oil and Used Oil
Bangalore-based Century Refineries Pvt. Ltd has commissioned a recycling plant for used and waste oil at Hosakote near Bangalore. Speaking to Projectmonitor
over phone, S.K. Bharadwaj, Managing Director, said that this would be the
biggest such plant in Karnataka and would help in forestalling environment
pollution that would have been caused by the unscientific disposal of wastes.
Elaborating on the project, Bharadwaj said that the plant would be equipped to
handle 10,000 tonnes per year of used oil and a similar quantity of waste oil,
in addition. Used oil is typically automobile engine oil that is discarded when
automobiles undergo 'oil change,' whereas waste oil that contains heavy metals
and other hazardous chemicals which, if not treated properly, can cause severe
damage to environment.
The categorisation of used and waste oil has been spelt out in the Hazardous
Waste (Management, Handling & Transboundary Movement) Rules 2008, notified
recently, he explained. On the operational side, he said that Century Refineries
has entered into annual contracts with industrial and commercial establishments
for used and waste oil that constitutes the feedstock. The plant will be
equipped to handle a wide range of industrial waste and used oil. In conjunction
with the company's existing incinerator to dispose the hazardous waste generated
in the recycling process, the activity will involve no discharge, he observed.
Speaking about government support to oil recycling projects, Bharadwaj
maintained that the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board has been very
sensitive and proactive in supporting such projects, and so has been the Central
Pollution Control Board. Century Refineries, he said, is considering setting up
similar projects in southern India, followed by other cities in the next phase.
Kerala, it is understood, has the country's largest oil recycling plant that is
operated by the private sector.
When queried about carbon credits, Bharadwaj said that the company was
evaluating the possibility of securing such benefits under the Kyoto Protocol,
as the oil recycling process technically supports fossil fuel conservation.
Sounding caution, Bharadwaj said that India might face challenges in handling
the growing volumes of waste oil. Thanks to the Basel Convention that has
allowed import of used oil, the waste oil volumes have grown exponentially.
"India will need to handle some 200 million tonnes of waste oil annually, which
could be a challenging proposition," S.K. Bharadwaj concluded.
[November 10-16, 2008]