A first for Delhi NCR: Piped gas gensets for 5 city societies
The PNG generators will be retrofitted in the existing DG sets using Italian technology
In an effort to reduce pollution ahead of winter, some apartment buildings in Noida have started testing piped gas for power backup. This is the first time that a residential society in National Capital Region (NCR) will have gas-based generator sets.
On Monday, the Environment Pollution Control Authority (EPCA) had said with effect from October 15, measures under Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) would include a ban on diesel generator (DG) sets in Delhi and parts of NCR, including Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Sonipat, Panipat and Bahadurgarh.
As part of a pilot project with IGL Limited, five societies in Noida — Stellar Kings Court, Antriksh Greens, Shubhkamna Apartments and Marvel Homes in Sector 50, and Mahagun Maple in Sector 61 — will install gas pipelines to run their power backup systems.
The PNG generators will be retrofitted in the existing DG sets using Italian technology. Since most societies already have piped gas for kitchen use, no additional infrastructure for laying the pipelines will be required, said IGL officials.
The officials added that a minimum generator size of 125 KV would be required to retrofit the gas generators. Approximately, Rs 4,000-5,000 would be spent per KV.
“Natural gas generators will be less polluting, won’t need additional infrastructure and be approximately 33% cheaper than diesel generators. Since the entire system is online, there are no spillage concerns or maintenance issues,” said an IGL Limited spokesperson.
IGL officials told TOI that a partial test was done a year ago wherein some percentage of a diesel generator set of a highrise society in Sector 135 had been converted for backup through piped gas. However, this is the first time that the DG sets will be fully converted to piped gas gensets.
Welcoming the move, residents said that switching to gas generators will not only reduce carbon emissions and help control pollution, it will also reduce the overall cost of power backup by almost half.
“All societies charge approximately Rs 15-25 per unit for power backup using diesel gensets. With piped gas, the backup would cost Rs 10-15 per unit. IGL has tied up with another agency that will install the system,” said Punit Sharma, a member of the Noida Federation of Apartment Owners’ Associations (NOFAA).