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National Industrial Parks Development and Management Company to establish 25 megawatt power generation plant

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Lahore, March 15, 2013 (PPI-OT): The National Industrial Parks (NIP) Development and Management Company has decided to establish a 25 megawatt power generation plant based on municipal and agro waste besides local coal or combination of these fuels for the electricity requirement of the industries at the Rachna Industrial Park on the main Lahore-Sheikhupura Road.

The Rachna Power Plant will be the first-ever power unit to be developed on the basis of waste as a source of energy. The plant’s primary fuel will be RDF (Refused Derive Fuel) prepared from a mixture of municipal solid wastes and agro wastes, while the coal would be used as a backup fuel. The technology of an integrated recovery of recyclable materials and production of the refused derive fuel will be adopted for this power plant.

The concept of the modern waste to energy plant has been proposed for the Rachna Power Plant which is very different from the old incinerators due to the technological progress of the last decade. This was disclosed by nip Chief Executive Officer Mr Mohsin Syed at a meeting at the NIP Regional Office in which investors of the Rechna Industrial Park also participated.

According to Mr Mohsin Syed, the municipal solid waste of Lahore and surrounding area and the agro wastes, which including rice husk, corn and wood waste of the adjoining areas will be collected and transported to recycle it into a real fuel that can be easily stored, transported and efficiently burned at the plant site within the premises of the Rachna Industrial Park.

He said that the power generation complex is proposed to consist of one unit of 6 megawatts and two units of 11 megawatts each with total gross capacity of the 28 megawatts and the net capacity at site would be 25.5 megawatts to provide operational flexibility and reliability in case of shut down of one or more units.

The power generation facility would be located within the premises of the Rachna Industrial Park located at 7.5km Lahore-Sheikhupura Road on the Upper Chenab Canal. The site is at the distance of 18km from the Lahore-Shekhupura Motorway Interchange, 24km from the Lahore city centre and 40km from the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore and an area of 10 acres has already been earmarked for the power generation complex at the Rachna Industrial Park, the NIP chief explained.

The aim of the Rachna power project is to reduce pollution, preserve the fossil fuel, reduce the greenhouse gases and protect the ozone layer by utilizing the wastes collected from the cities of Lahore, Sheikhupura and surrounding areas for power generation, he said. Mr Mohsin Syed said that for environmental standpoint, the Rachna Power Plant will be highly desirable.

The project will be designed on the basis of zero discharge by installing an on-site evaporation pond and air emission from the plant would meet quality standards prevailing anywhere in the world. Emission will be much lower than the World Bank’s guidelines due to the use of Circulating Fluidized Bed combustion with lime dosing to neutralize any SO2 emission. Socially, the Project will be providing job opportunities to the people of the area, he concluded.

For more information, contact:
National Industrial Parks
Development and Management Company
2nd Floor, Block-C, Finance and Trade Centre,
Karachi – 74400,
Tel: (92-21) 9922 5035-9, (92-21) 3563 1046-8
Fax: (92-21) 3563 1069
UAN: 111-647-111.


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