On Monday July 16, the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) issued a license to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable Energy Company (Pvt Ltd) for setting up a power plant, which will produce 40 MW of electricity using waste as its main source of energy.
A Renewable Energy Power Plant
BeEducated.pk wants you to know that this Waste to Energy (WtE) power plant will be constructed at Lakhodair landfill site. Once the project is finalized the plant will generate 40 Megawatts (MW) with the help of two turbine generators, which will produce 20 MW each. According to Jang News, constructing and making the plant operational will cost about 220 million dollars.
NEPRA statement regarding the project said, “The power plant will have state of the art incineration type generation facility and an appropriate WtE technology (that will) help reduce city’s municipal solid waste by 2,000 tons per day.”
The given statement also discussed the importance of this project. For if it becomes successful then other similar projects will be started to solve waste disposal issues and challenges of small space for landfills and gas emissions. All of this will help make the cities cleaner and the environment green.
Project to Start Operation in 2022
By the end of year 2022, the project is expected to be ready for commercial use. While the electricity produced from this plant will be provided to Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) grid. As mentioned before, a single company has undertaken the said project but this firm was especially established by three Chinese companies namely China ENFI Engineering Corporation, Chengdu Xingrong Environemt Co Ltd and MCC Tongsin Resources Co Ltd.
The Power Company will obtain all necessary approvals from relative government departments to gain protection against any environmental hazards. While the company applied for the main license to set up a power plant in June, now it has finally been accepted and issued in July.
In one of NEPRA’s notifications it was mentioned that around 20 million tons of municipal solid waste is generated at a yearly growth rate of 2.4 percent. It also enclosed that all major cities such as Islamabad, Karachi, Lahore, Peshawar, Quetta and so are finding it difficult to solve the problem of urban waste.
Power Regulating Authority even reported that thousands of people lose their live to diseases related to waste in the country. Finally, visit our platform regularly to keep on getting latest news and much more.