GNFC undertakes environment-friendly energy project

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Ahmedabad, Jan 5 (UNI) In order to produce environment-friendly energy, the Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilisers Company (GNFC) has installed nine MW wind turbo generators at Kutch for about Rs 55 crore.

GNFC General Manager S K Bannatvala said the company has installed six wind turbo generators of 1,500 KW each at Lathedi village in Kutch district and all the machines are generating power since December 2007.

This project will help reduce the net power requirement from the state electricity grid and provide a pollution free source of energy, he said.

On the second eco-friendly project, Mr Bannatwala said, ''In our Weak Nitric Accident plant, Nitrous Oxide (N2O) is emitted during the manufacturing process. Although N2O is non-toxic in nature and has no adverse effect on living beings, it contributes to global warming and climatic changes.'' To reduce the emission of this gas, the company has installed a special catalyst in our plant by incurring an expenditure to the tune of Rs eight crore that will help in reduction of emission of N2O to almost 75 per cent.

With this, GNFC has taken lead in reduction of Green House gases and contributed towards a greener environment, he said.

The General Manager added that GNFC uses about six lakh MT of coal every year to sustain production of fertilisers and chemicals generating about 1.8 lakh MT ash in wet form.

''We had developed a system at an expenditure of Rs 15 crore to separate 70 to 80 per cent of the ash in dry form, which can be utilised by cement and brick manufacturers,'' he said.

GNFC, thus, incurred an expenditure to the tune of Rs 78 crore towards environment conservation, he said.

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