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Needed facility: A view of the biogas plant in Tuticorin on Wednesday.
Needed facility: A view of the biogas plant in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

Tuticorin: Collector G. Prakash inaugurated a 250-KVa (Kilo Volt ampere) project to generate electricity from effluents released fish processing companies here on Wednesday.

He said the waste extracted from fish cleaning and exporting activities could be converted into useful gas.

“The generator of 250KVa which requires 30 litres of diesel per hour for running the plant is now merely running on 5 litres of diesel, whereby 25 litres of diesel can be saved per hour,” he said.

The users could generate power for about 6-8 hours a day and hence they could make a good saving on diesel and also save electricity for the same number of hours, Mr. Prakash added.

R. Sankar, Project Officer, District Rural Development Agency, said that such type of projects were very essential now when the State was experiencing severe electricity crisis.

More biogas plants to be opened

Plans were afoot to implement a number of biogas plants in Meelavittan Panchayat, Srivaikuntam, Tiruchendur Temple and there were also plans for setting up a 1 Mega Watt electricity plant in Tuticorin Corporation limits.

Based on the study of waste water availability in Tuticorin by K. Selvaraj, Director, Surya Services, who did the project on electricity generation from waste water, he said about 1 crore and 15 lakh litres of waste water were being generated by fish processing and other companies like Sterlite, SPIC and also the municipal and panchayat waste and the common drainage in Tuticorin Corporation.

He said, by using these waste a minimum of 2 MW, electricity could be generated in Tuticorin for a continuous operation of 360 days that would sufficiently meet the needs of electricity in this region.

Savings on diesel and electricity

Subramania Perumal, the Officer for Renewable Energy Sources in DRDA, said that savings could be made on electricity and diesel expenditure and these types of projects would benefit the users and the entire country.

Palpandian, Director, Theva and Co, said the drive would immensely benefit them.

Block Development Officerss Sulaiman and Nirmal Rose and Assistant Director of Panchayat Ammaiyappan were present.

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