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Plan to make CNG from solid waste

The Hindu, 22 May 2014


Fuel can be used for cooking, in vehicles


KOCHI: Clean Kerala Company Limited (CKCL), an organisation formed under the State Local Self Government Department, is planning to engage the services of agencies for production of natural gas from municipal solid waste. The gas is to be bottled as compressed natural gas (CNG) which could be used for cooking purposes or as fuel in vehicles, according CKCL officials.


Innovative and scientific methods are sought to be integrated in the municipal solid waste management system for utilising by-products of waste treatment at plants to be set up at various locations in the State, CKCL Managing Director K.B. Haroon told The Hindu .


The technology for such projects is available in India and abroad, he said.


Methane gas produced at solid waste treatment plant is being converted and used in hotels for cooking purposes in Bangalore, according to him.


There are a few other cities where similar technology is being utilised, he said.


CKCL, an organisation formed on the model of Cochin International Airport Limited, focusses on self-sustained sanitation programme.


The CNG bottling project, if found successful, could generate substantial income, apart from ensuring hygiene through effective treatment of solid waste. A minimum of 25 tonnes of solid waste is required daily for the treatment plant, under the operating system at Bangalore.


The proposed project would require clearances from authorities in the petroleum and explosives safety monitoring departments. CKCL has invited proposals from reputed companies and the shortlisted ones will have to prepare project reports before the project takes off.


Public sector forum invites proposals from companies

Technology is available in India and abroad