ANDHRA PRADESH

Selco re-starts generating power from garbage

GHMC begins to transport 200-250 MT of garbage daily



Management claims the plant was shut to take up repairs to machinery

RDF power project at Bibinagar is likely to go on stream in a year



HYDERABAD: The GHMC has begun to transport 200-250 metric tonnes of garbage a day to Selco, the solid waste to electricity converting plant, from last week following the re-opening of the plant.

“We are once again supplying municipal solid waste to Selco following the company’s communication to the Commissioner S.P. Singh about re-starting the plant,” said Additional Commissioner (Health & Sanitation) R. Rama Mohan Rao.

Warned

Earlier, the municipal corporation had warned Selco management of terminating the contract as the plant at Shadnagar was shut without its knowledge.

But, before any precipitate action was taken, Selco officials rushed to meet Mr. Singh and explained that the plant was closed for repairs.

The wear and tear of the turbines due to sand particles in the garbage necessitated extensive repairs, they had informed. GHMC officials in turn urged Selco management to stick to the agreement details and take in the 700 metric tonnes of garbage or tipping charges would have to be paid as it was forced to transport the load to the Jawaharnagar dump.

To expand capacity

Selco also claimed to be in the process of expanding the plant capacity so that the contracted load could be utilised to the fullest extent. Selco’s 6.6 MW plant at Shadnagar has been running for the last five years and has a 20-year tie-up with APTransco.

New project

In the meantime, the second garbage to power plant being built by RDF Power Projects at Bibinagar is likely to go on stream within a year. Civil works had begun for the Rs. 82.5 crore 11 MW plant in which GHMC had invested Rs. 6 crore for a 26 per cent stake.

Chinese machinery

Machinery for the captive power plant (which allows it to avoid paying the 12 per cent service tax) is being sourced from China and once operational, it would be using up to 500-700 metric tonnes a day. RDF has been given a 10 year tax holiday and tipping fee too was waived, he said.

However, a third firm’s plan to start another such plant would not be happening as it had failed to go for financial closure.

The next garbage to power plant is now linked with the huge integrated solid waste management project which also includes a sanitary landfill and capping the existing Jawaharnagar dump, added Mr. Rao.

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