New Delhi, Nov 4 (IANS) In its endeavour to achieve 100 per cent utilisation of by-products produced during power generation, India’s largest power producer, NTPC Ltd, has started collaborating with cement manufacturers to supply fly ash through the rail network.
The power producer is leveraging Railways’ network to transport fly ash in an economical and environment-friendly manner across the country, which will help prevent the by-product from becoming a environmental hazard in the dumps.
As part of this initiative, NTPC’s Mouda thermal power plant in Maharashtra has transported 3,186 Metric tonnes (MT) of dry fly ash in 51 BCCW wagons to Rajshree Cement (a unit of Ultratech Cement) at Kalburgi in Karnataka.
During the financial year 2019-20, almost 23.57 lakh metric tonnes of fly ash was utilised for various productive purposes by NTPC Mouda.
The power plant produces approximately 24-25 lakh metric tonnes of ash annually. Presently, 100 per cent of the ash is utilised for manufacture of cement and fly-ash bricks, road embankments, development of low-lying land, and raising of ash dykes.
With a total installed capacity of 62.9 GW, the NTPC Group has 70 power stations that include 24 coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 hydro, 13 renewable sources along with 25 subsidiary and JV power stations. The group has over 20 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects.