Waste-to-Energy Power Plant Aims at a Healthier Deonar
Deonar work in full swing, says Uttamenergy; Treads Make-In-India route
The waste dumping ground in Deonar, which lies in the eastern suburb of the metropolis of Mumbai, is finally set to see itself resurrected from hard times. The country’s largest and oldest dumping ground has been under immense pressure as waste dumping rendered the area and its surroundings unhealthy to the core.
The company setting up the project is Mumbai Waste Management Ltd, a fully-owned subsidiary of Re Sustainability. Pune-based Uttamenergy Limited, which has a proven track record in undertaking turnkey projects for clean energy worldwide, will execute the Deonar project, while the ownership and operation of the plant will remain with Re Sustainability.
With the situation in Deonar turning out to be hazardous on people’s health and the environment, it had become imperative that progressive measures be taken to create an environment where health hazards do not overflow beyond control. Uttamenergy Ltd has inked an agreement with Mumbai Waste Management Ltd. for the supply of a 360 tonnes per day capacity W2E plant at the Deonar dumping grounds.
The Pune-based company, which has positioned itself as a reliable supplier of co-generation plants, captive power plants, biomass-based independent power plants, waste-to-energy plants, as well as equipment and services for energy and power, would join hands with CNIM Martin, a proven and established European technology major in W2E as its partner in this endeavour.
Uttamenergy plant to have power generation capacity of 6 MW
The W2E project being set up by Uttamenergy at Deonar will ensure power generation of a capacity of 6 MW. The project envisages the deployment of specialized technology to handle the raw municipal solid waste of typical Indian waste characteristics such as low calorific value and high moisture content. Uttamenergy plans to utilize state-of-the-art emissions-control technology from its technology partner CNIM Martin to make sure that all emission standards are met.
W2E Project to Ensure a Healthy, Hygienic Deonar
In such a context, the upcoming Waste-to-Energy plant being set up under the aegis of Uttamenergy through the deployment of technology currently utilized in countries with the tightest emissions norms in this regard is seen as a much-awaited solution to the pollution and health issues plaguing the area. The plant will supply the electricity generated to the Maharashtra government for consumption in the local grid.
Significantly enough, the project would ride the Make-In-India path, with the project envisioning that more than 90 percent of its components would be manufactured in India. The project would ensure the transformation of waste to generate clean power, which in turn would result in a more hygienic Deonar as it would sweep aside concerns of the piling dump causing illnesses among the residents.
According to Uttamenergy officials, the waste-to-energy plant that will come up in Deonar will pave the way for other such projects in India. Being a pioneer in the W2E space in India, the company is the first Indian firm to take on such a project on a TEPC basis—the technology, engineering, procurement and construction all being the responsibility of Uttamenergy. While such plants are in widespread use in developed European countries as well as countries such as Japan and China, India is catching up in the endeavour to create clean energy from its garbage dumps.