Biomethenation plant success prompts IMC to come up with a bigger one


Biomethenation plant success prompts IMC to come up with a bigger one

INDORE: The success of two biomethenation plants in city has prompted Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) to come up with a bigger one.

Corporation officials said that third biomethenation plant with 50 tonne per day capacity has been proposed. It will be used to treat wet waste and produce bio fuel or compressed natural gas (CNG) for city buses.

“This new bio-methenation plant would be installed under public private partnership (PPP) model. Agency hired for purpose would take care of installation, operation and maintenance of the plant,” said IMC commissioner Asheesh Singh.

The civic body will provide wet waste and in return, agency would provide bio-fuel to civic body at minimum Rs5 less than market price of bio fuel or CNG.

The commissioner said that they have already hired an agency for this project and are in process to identify a land for installation of this plant. “We hope to finalize land within a week and the plant’s installation would begin immediately,” he added.

IMC’s waste management consultant Asad Warsi said that capacity of existing plants located at Choitram Mandi and Kabitkhedi areas is 8 tonne per day and 15 tonne per day respectively. “This new plant will be set up with an increased capacity to reduce fuel expenditure and also to ensure proper disposal of wet waste generated in city,” he said, adding that the plant would be capable of producing at least 1800 kg bio gas per day. Officials expect to make this new plant operational by end of March.

Civic body at its existing biomethanation plants at Choithram Mandi and Kabitkhedi is treating 35 tonne wet waste daily and producing over 1000 kg bio-CNG per day. Daily average run of city bus is around 150km and its average CNG consumption is around 40kg.

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