New Waste to Energy facility to be inaugurated in Pune

Representational Image. WtE plant in Kemsley, UK, constructed by CNIM

Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) can now purchase electricity through open access from a Waste to Energy in Pune by Antony Lara Renewable Energy (ALREPL), without paying surcharges. The permit has been granted by the Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC).

The WtE plant is to supposed to be inaugurated by PM Modi on 1 August 2023. The 14 MWe plant was built at investment cost amounting INR 3 billion (EUR 33.2 million), for the production of electricity from about 250,000 tpy of waste. ALREPL was given approval for designing, constructing, financing, and operating a material recovery plant the Waste to Energy plant.

The plants are located in Moshi, city of Pune. The WtE plant is supposed to process MSW using a rankine technology. The energy is to be supplied to PCMC which intends to use the captive power generation for a period of 21 years under a power purchase agreement (PPA), and paying a rate of INR 5 (EUR 0.06)/kWh.

Back in 2017, as part of the development plan Bhosari Vision 2020, a new WtE project was announced for the landfill. As further stated back then, the announcement lacked specific details but the plans were said to have the backing of the State Government.

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