Co-generation of power through waste-heat recovery process in cement plants should be given renewable energy status, according to N. A. Vishwanathan, Secretary-General, Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA). The two-day conference has about 80 presentations from industry experts. Speaking at inaugural session of Green Cementech 2013 here on Thursday, he said Indian cements plants were trendsetters in energy conservation measures. India is the second largest producer of cement in the world after China with 248 million tonnes produced in 2011-12, he said, adding, “A proactive regulatory mechanism is the need of the hour.” G. Jayaraman, Chairman of the conference and Executive President of Birla Corporation Ltd, said the waste-heat recovery mechanism had potential to generate about 600 MW of power. However, present capacity utilisation is only about 100 MW. Continue
India is calling in specialist quality control monitors to stop poor quality coal imports getting through to its import-reliant power plants. Indian utilities complain that poor quality coal reduces the efficiency of power stations, requiring more fuel and an increased need for the costly disposal of pollution. Last month, India's largest utility NTPC refused to pay for coal viewed as substandard, prompting Coal India to respond by suspending supplies and raising concerns of blackouts. To address the problem, the government is planning a tender for independent coal quality sampling by September, in which international verification companies such as SGS and Bureau Veritas are taking part. "Coal India has had a long-standing Joint Sampling scheme in place with their consumers which ultimately ended...We have participated in the tender floated by Coal India for independent verification of their coal supplied to their consumers," said Erwin Oosterveen, business development manager with Bureau Veritas.
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said a separate cell would be created in the ministry to take up with the departments the issues that were causing delay in the implementation of stalled projects and to see their resolution. The minister flew in here from Bangalore this afternoon and reviewed the problems of 28 stalled projects involving a total investment of Rs 92,500 crore. In a two-hour-long meeting, Chidambaram interacted with a group of top executives and promoters of companies in the infrastructure sector, including GVK and Lanco, while asking them the reasons that were responsible for this delay. The list of stalled projects is obviously dominated by the energy sector with 16 power projects with investments ranging from Rs 6,000 crore to Rs 7,000 crore. The remaining 12 are the road projects with a size of Rs 1000 crore to Rs 3,000 crore. Problems relating to natural gas
A panel appointed by Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia will meet on May 28 to discuss electricity transmission bottlenecks in the sector. An Advisory Group comprising members including Anil Ambani (Reliance Power), Cyrus Mistry (Tata Power) and Chanda Kochhar (ICICI Bank) will meet to deliberate on transmission issues impacting the power sector. "Next meeting of the Advisory Group is on May 28 and the transmission sector would be the focus of that meeting," a source close to the development said. It comprises members from public sector power companies also. The group which met last week discussed the status of hydel plants in the country. "Some 4-5 points were raised by the various stakeholders in the meeting and we are working on them," the source said. He added that the government will now works towards improving the support infrastructure in the North-east (including roads and transmission) as there is no facility for
A demand for the creation of a separate window under the National Clean Energy Fund (NCEF) has been made by the industry. It may provide a boost to the country’s domestic solar energy projects by providing easy access to finance for such clean energy technology, the industry has stated in a FICCI white paper. The paper on reducing the cost of finance for solar energy projects through NCEF has been submitted to the government for consideration. The Fund was announced in the budget 2011-12 and is expected to be a step for funding research and innovative projects in clean energy technology. The white paper in essence, suggests innovative models for sharing and distribution of risk and cost of financing through NCEF as the cost of financing from the domestic Financial Institutions is high. “Given the challenges faced by the solar industry in India due to the high cost of finance,