• Stubble burning: Two biomass power plants in Punjab delayed

    In a setback to efforts to check stubble burning, the two additional biomass power plants that were to come up in Punjab this year have been delayed. The two biomass power projects, including the 10 MW project in Fatehgarh Sahib and 4 MW project in Nakodar, were to be completed by this June. Now, the projects will probably be operational by next year.

    Once operational, the two projects will consume around 1.2 Lakh Metric Tonnes (LMT) of paddy residue. Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) officials have attributed the delay in their establishment to the Covid pandemic. The high cost of power production of these plants is also a major reason for the delay. Sources said private companies or owners have been losing interest as the state power sector, which is supposed to purchase power from these plants, has been seeking power at cheaper prices.

    “The two proposed projects have been delayed due to Covid but will definitely be operational by next year. Thereafter, these plants will consume paddy residue from the surrounding areas,” said PEDA CEO N P S Randhawa.

    Already, 11 biomass power projects are operational in Punjab and are generating 97.5 MW of power annually, using approximately 8.80 LMT of paddy stubble. Power purchase agreements of these plants have already been made with PSPCL.

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