Dutch consortium to set up waste to energy plants under PPP mode in Karnataka

The State government of Karnataka yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Dutch government and Waste2Value Consortium. The consortium will carry out waste and water management projects in Karnataka on a public-private partnership model. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told that a 600 MT unit will be set up in Bengaluru City, where mixed waste will be processed to yield biogas, which will be used to produce electricity. The State government will buy the electricity produced by the consortium. Two to three areas has been identified by the government primarily, but is yet to finalise a location to set up this unit. The project will be effective in the next six months which requires around 25 acres to set up the unit. The Rs 270-crore project will be partially financed by the Dutch government and nine companies from the Netherlands, part of the Waste2Value consortium, which have assured that it will be an “odorless” and “zero waste” project. Siddaramaiah stated that the government will write to the Karnataka State Electricity Commission (KERC) asking it to fix the rate at which power can be sold by the consortium. It is vital for the consortium to have permissions from the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) as the proposal contains waste management methods that follow European standards and norms. The companies will have to obey the Municipal Solid Waste Management (MSW) 2000 rules and regulations. If this pilot project becomes fruitful, parallel units will be set up in other parts of the City, and will also be extended to other cities in the State, including Mysuru. The Dutch ambassador, Alphonsus Stoelinga, who inked the MoU with the State government, said that his nation had been actively altering waste to electricity since 1980s. The same models would be replicated in India too. Nexus Novus, which is based out of both Amsterdam and Bengaluru, is a consulting company. Rutger de Brujin, Director of Nexus Novus, said that around 7 KV electricity will be generated every hour by generating methane from decaying organic matters of the waste. The waste will be isolated automatically using in-house technologies.   Source: deccanherald.com