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Chinese firm to build waste-to-energy plant at Bandhwari, launch by July 2019

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The Haryana government has finally announced it will restart the defunct solid-waste treatment plant (STP) at Bandhwari by July 2019. The authorities claimed the plant, which has been shut since 2013 following a mysterious fire, might start even before that. Since its closure, around 1,200 tonnes of waste from Gurgaon and Faridabad is dumped on its premises every day, without it getting treated.

Being constructed by a Chinese firm, Ecogreen Energy Private Limited, on design-build-finance-operate-transfer (DBFOT) basis, at a cost of Rs 330 crore, the waste to energy plant is the first in the country for which bidding was on the output-based incentive (OBI) concept of public private partnership (PPP). "This is going to be one of the biggest projects of its kind in India, with integrated solid waste management activities including collection, transportation, processing and disposal of waste," said Anand Mohan Sharan, principal secretary, urban local bodies.

The estimated daily power generation would be a minimum of 10MW. "Over 1,250 tonnes of garbage will be transported to this plant every day from both Gurgaon and Faridabad. While it would take about two years for the plant to become functional, the firm will start preliminary work within the next four months. The contract will be signed by July 15. The power generated will be purchased by DHBVN at a cost of Rs 7.05 per unit. However, since the firm has agreed to sell power at Rs 10.40 per unit, the remaining Rs 3.35 will be paid by the municipal corporations of the two cities," he said.

The concession period is of 22 years, after which, the plant will have to be handed over to the urban local bodies department in working condition. Authorities are hopeful it will work efficiently, because of the financial model adopted. "Earlier, the contractor's profit came from the tipping fee we paid him. For example, the tipping fee per tonne was between Rs 1,200 to Rs 1,500. However, with the OBI concept we have adopted, the firm's earning will entirely depend on the power generated. Therefore, the contractor will try to transport maximum garbage and process it, in order to generate maximum power," he said.

The municipal solid waste processing unit would comprise of bio-methanation facility, composting facility, RDF (refuse derived fuel) processing facility, flue gas treatment facility, leachate treatment plant and sanitary landfill.

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  • News Section: Bio Energy News
  • Month: July
  • Year: 2017
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