Providing a new impetus to the government’s ambitious project to establish Waste-to-Energy (WtE) plants across the State, the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) on Tuesday signed a power purchase agreement with Kochi-based GJ Eco Power Pvt. Ltd., the agency implementing the project at the Brahmapuram solid waste treatment plant.
Under the agreement, the KSEB will purchase the power generated from the 9.76-MW WtE plant at a rate of 6.17 Rupees per unit for a period of 20 years from the commercial operation date. The tariff has been approved by the Kerala State Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The company had been roped in by the Kochi Corporation to implement the State’s first WtE project in the public-private partnership mode.
The firm, which will be supplied with 330 tonnes per day (TPD) of municipal solid waste by the local body, is tasked with generating 47 million units (mu) of power. The proposed plant is expected to be commissioned within 18 months of the launch of its construction. The power purchase agreement was signed in the presence of Electricity Minister M.M. Mani, Electricity Department secretary B. Ashok and KSEB chairman and managing director N.S. Pillai.
According to James Adai, Director of GJ Eco Power Pvt. Ltd., the plant will be established on a plot of 20 acres that has been allocated for the project.