NTPC to set up a waste-to-energy facility in Varanasi

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam (NVVN) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTPC Ltd, has signed a Rs 1.8 billion agreement with Varanasi Nagar Nigam for the construction of a waste-to-energy plant. The Varanasi Nagar Nigam has set aside approximately 20 acres of land in Ramana for the plant’s construction. The agreement was signed by the NVVN and the Varanasi Municipal Commissioner. The project will include the construction of a plant with a waste segregation facility capable of processing 600-800 tonnes of municipal solid trash per day. NVVN has placed an order for the plant’s EPC contract work in order to complete the project quickly.

According to a company statement, this trash will also be treated and put into the reactor, where it will be converted into torrefied charcoal. Torrefied charcoal, which is identical to natural coal, may be successfully combined with fuel to generate electricity in thermal power plants. The technique is environmentally beneficial because it uses a lower temperature than previous technologies, resulting in no hazardous emissions.

In June 2021, NVVN invited expressions of interest to procure solar and round-the-clock solar bundled with thermal power from NTPC’s 735 MW Nokh solar project in Rajasthan and projects developed by other generators. The power would be sold at Rs 3 per kWh at ex-bus of the Nokh solar project which will be connected to the 400 kV interstate transmission system. The power procurer would bear all the charges and losses up to the delivery point.

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