Cement plants in HP to generate power from kiln gases

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Shimla, Jul 26 (UNI) Cement plants in Himachal Pradesh would come forward to supplement the 'Clean Himachal' project aimed at making the state clean and green by checking the anti-environmental activities.

Besides, the cement plants would also generate power with the 'Waste Heat Recovery System' by utilising the kiln gas emissions from these plants.

This was revealed by Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal after a meeting with ACC Ltd vice president Arun Mahajan, who called on him here yesterday to apprise him of the environmental protection measures being adopted by the company.

In the meeting, Mr Mahajan informed the Chief Minister that the ACC had identified electricity potential of about 4 MW from the kiln gases and with the expansion of the plant, the potential was also likely to increase.

Mr Dhumal said, ''The endeavour of the cement plants operational in the state to utilise the kiln gases for generating electricity is innovative and in the best interest of the environment preservation.'' He said the waste exhaust kiln gases, which are heating the surrounding environment, could be utilised as raw material for generation of electricity after incorporating necessary modifications in the design of the cement plants.

Research has revealed that the heat quotient from waste gases qualifies to be used as raw material for electricity generation.

He said with such innovative designs, the cement plants would not only be meeting their electricity requirements partially but also protect the environment.

Mr Dhumal hoped that the other cement plants in the state would follow the model proposed by the ACC company creating sustainable solution to the state's Green Power Generation Movement, thereby maintaining the ecological sanctity and paving the way for energy, resource conservation in the state.

The Chief Minister said the hydropower and cement plants had been directed to implement the CAT plans in their respective areas in letter and spirit to make the same progress with the completion of the project, so that by the completion stage the environmental impact was also made visible.

He said the state would also welcome the 'Co-processing of Wastes in Cement Kilns' by the cement factories for disposal of plastic waste and combustible wastes from a host of industrial sector, including automobiles, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals, pesticides, fertilizers and paints etc.

Mr Dhumal said the municipal bodies in the state would be required to transport the plastic waste to the cement factory at Barmana for its scientific disposal.

He said the prime plastic waste accumulation was taking place in major cities like Shimla, Mandi, Hamirpur, Kullu-Manali, Dharamshala, Solan, Una and industrial areas of the state where its scientific disposal had posed a grave challenge before the local authorities.

He hoped that with the new technique, the disposal of such waste would be more eco-friendly and scientific in every respect causing minimum damage to the environment.

He said that efforts were afoot to establish a modern waste management plant in the industrial area to process the waste in a scientific way and contribute in maintenance of the ecology of the area.

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