Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) to establish waste to energy plant in Delhi to convert Municipal solid waste into Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) for use as fuel for running vehicles.
The MoU was signed in the presence of Mr. Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs, Mr. Anil Baijal, Lt. Governor, Delhi, Mr. Rameswar Teli, Union Minister of State for Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labour & Employment, and other senior officials from MoP, SDMC and IGL. Puri said that solid waste is a big problem in the country and needs to be solved quickly. Only 14% of solid waste was processed in 2014, but in seven years, the figure has gone upto 70%.
The agreement was signed as a part of an extension of the SATAT initiative of the government under the synchronization scheme. The Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme envisages setting up 5000 CBG plants by 2023-24, with a production target of 15 MMTPA, in order to facilitate the creation of new employment opportunities and enhancing the farmers’ income.
By using Municipal Solid Waste as input, this initiative involves a multi-pronged approach to reduce municipal waste on one hand and produce clean energy on the other in a sustainable manner, said an official release.
As a part of the MoU, SDMC will provide a designated area at the identified site in Hastsal in West Zone to IGL for setting up the biogas plant and the CBG station. SDMC will also provide assured regular supply of segregated biodegradable waste (approx. 100 TPD) to IGL for running the proposed CBG plant.
The production of CBG from this plant is expected to be approx. 4000 kg per day. However, this volume of CBG generated would not be sufficient to cater to expected vehicular demand under CNG. Therefore, an Integrated CBG station will be established to cater to CNG demand of general public as well as captive demand for SDMC vehicles. The residual Bio-manure/organic slurry will be further value addition, which will be sold in the market.