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Indian Oil & NDMC sign MoU for development of waste to energy plants in Narela

Commissioning of this landmark project will help in generating energy in various forms and in reducing dependence on crude imports as well as in achieving other national objectives, says Dharmendra Pradhan

Indian Oil & NDMC sign MoU for development of waste to energy plants in Narela
Indian Oil & NDMC sign MoU for development of waste to energy plants in Narela

New Delhi: Indian Oil Corporation Limited (Indian Oil) and North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) on Tuesday have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for development of integrated waste-to-energy facilities at NDMC’s landfill site at Ranikhera in Narela, New Delhi. The MoU has been signed in the presence of Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, Lt. Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, NDMC’s Mayor Jai Prakash, Petroleum Secretary Tarun Kapoor, NDMC’s Commissioner Gyanesh Bharti and Indian Oil’s Chairman SM Vaidya.

As part of the MoU, Indian Oil shall facilitate NDMC for identification of a concessionaire for setting up of an integrated waste to energy Plant at Ranikhera in Narela. The plant would process municipal solid waste (MSW) and organic waste of NDMC for producing compressed biogas (CBG), recycling plastics, refuse-derived fuel (RDF) for producing plastic or syngas and its downstream products, plastics recycling, etc.

MoU for a greener and energy-efficient future

Speaking on the occasion, Pradhan said that commissioning of this landmark project will also help in generating energy in various forms and in reducing dependence on crude imports as well as in achieving other national objectives. “Petroleum and Natural gas Ministry is committed to establishing more such plants in Delhi for a sustainable future. The signing of this MoU is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of carving a greener and energy-efficient future for India and also towards achieving self-reliance in energy by adopting innovative green solutions.”

Appreciating Indian Oil and NDMC for coming together for setting up the project, he called for a quick expansion and replication of such pilot projects across India. Pradhan said that such CBG Plants in the capital will not only solve the problem of solid waste in the national capital but also help in reducing the pollution and our oil dependence. He called for putting up more such plants to take care of solid waste in other areas of Delhi, including in New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment. He assured 100 per cent offtake of gas produced from such plants by Oil PSUs.

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Pradhan said that the government will enable connecting the gas produced from such plants with the PNG, CNG pipelines.  He said we should find an end to end solution in a time-bound and transparent manner so that 14,000 to 15,000 tonnes of solid waste produced in the city every day is disposed of in a safe and healthy manner.  He also assured that PSUs will provide technological help, wherever required. The Minister called for expediting the process so that the results can be seen in the next couple of years. Pradhan said that the central government is already working with Haryana to take care of the Agri wastes which will help not only reduce the pollution but also ensure additional income to the farmers for their residues.

Speaking on the occasion, Baijal mentioned about the benefits of the project for the people of the national capital. He went on to add that the city has the capacity to process only half of its waste and the commissioning of waste-to-energy plants will not only provide a clean & environment-friendly way to handle solid wastes but also generate energy, CBG, city compost, etc.

Waste management needs innovation

Kapoor in his address mentioned that it is important to manage MSW in a scientific manner and convert it into energy. This shall fulfil the energy needs of India as well as mitigate the waste and related landfill emission problem. He said that 15 of the 5000 plants envisaged under the SATAT scheme have become operational, and there is a good demand for the gas produced in such plants due to its high quality.

Vaidya, during his address, stressed upon the problem of waste management in Delhi. He informed that the proposed plant shall provide a sustainable and replicable solution for waste management. Setting up of an MSW-to-energy plant shall provide multiple benefits and is also in alignment with government initiatives like Swachh Bharat, Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India. It shall also provide an impetus to the creation of jobs across the value chain, from collection of waste to sale of energy.

The integrated plant will process approx. 2,500 million tonnes of municipal solid waste collected by NDMC, recycle plastics and produce compressed bio-gas CBG, ethanol, syngas and other value-added downstream products.

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