Hyderabad: A 19.8 MW capacity waste-to-energy (WtE) plant has been constructed at Jawahar Nagar by the Hyderabad MSW Energy Solutions Pvt. Limited, SPC of Ramky Enviro Engineers Ltd, in the first phase. This is the first WTE plant to be commissioned in southern India.
The plant, constructed with the support of the government of Telangana, is an environmentally friendly technology to dispose of the refuse-derived fuel (RDF) while generating green power. The phase-I WtE project comprises two RDF fired boilers.
The plant is equipped with a world-class multi-stage flue gas cleaning system and online CEMS, ensuring compliance with international standards of environmental performance. The facility uses air-cooled condenser and thus conserves water. According to the PPA with the TS TRANSCO, the green power is being evacuated with negligible transmissions losses. The plant uses equipment sourced from reputed OEMs across the world and employs reciprocating grate technology that originated in Belgium which has been proven worldwide with more than 1,600 lines under operation globally.
This plant will significantly reduce the land burden associated with the management of municipal waste generated in Hyderabad and also act as a sustainable source of green power for the state. A semi-dry flue gas treatment system followed by bag filters is proposed to efficiently comply with the effluent norms. Ever since the synchronization of the plant after the trial run on 20 August, the plant has generated around 15 million units with one boiler.
Keeping in mind the prospective waste generation quantities in the next five years and GHMC's assessment for the potential for establishing WtE as 98 MW, the government has requested permission to expand the WtE capacity at Jawahar Nagar to 48 MW in phase-II as was originally proposed. The Central government had granted environmental clearance for the project in 2012.
The Chief Minister approved the proposal for phase-II recently. Further, it was proposed to establish another 14.5 MW WtE plant on TSDF land at Dundigal where REEL is operating hazardous waste management project for which TSPCB has issued CFE in July.