New Delhi: In its endeavour towards 100 percent utilization of fly ash, state-run Maharatna Power PSU NTPC Limited has invited Expression of Interest (EOI) for sale of fly ash from the designated ports of the Middle East and other regions. According to an official statement, the tender application commenced on July 1, 2021, and will conclude on July 25, 2021.
Sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key concern areas at NTPC and the company is ensuring sustainable solutions for complete utilisation for it. Fly ash is a by-product of power generation with coal. The fly ash generated at NTPC stations is ideal for use in the manufacture of cement, concrete, concrete products, and cellular concrete products and for bricks or blocks or tiles.
NTPC Limited has collaborated with cement manufacturers around the country to supply fly ash. The power producer is leveraging Indian Railways’ sprawling network to transport fly ash in an economical and environment-friendly manner.
In order to promote the use of Fly Ash bricks in building construction, NTPC has set up Fly Ash brick manufacturing Plants at its Coal based Thermal Power Plants. These bricks are being utilized in Plants as well as township construction activities exclusively. On average, 60 million Fly Ash bricks are being manufactured annually by NTPCs own Fly Ash Brick Plants.
As per the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) directives, NTPC stations are keeping at least 20 percent of total Fly Ash produced in reserve for the issue to fly ash brick/ blocks/ tiles manufacturers and issuing Fly Ash free of cost to them. About 9 percent of the total Fly Ash produced in NTPCs stations, is being utilized by fly ash bricks or blocks and tiles manufacturing units annually.
Further, during the year 2020-21, almost 15 NTPC stations supply Fly Ash to various road projects and Ash utilization crossed by nearly 20 million tonnes. Over the last five years, fly ash utilisation has grown up by 80 percent in the country.
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