Waste to Electricity: China to build power plant for DNCC area

A Chinese company will set up the country’s first large-scale waste-to-energy plant for Dhaka North City Corporation areas.

The Cabinet Committee on Purchase, headed by Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, in a meeting yesterday approved the 25-year deal with China Machinery Engineering Corporation (CMEC), which will implement the project.

The project will be set up at the Amin Bazar landfill, belonging to DNCC, said Abu Saleh Mostafa Kamal, additional secretary to the cabinet division, at a press briefing after the meeting.

He said this is the first waste-to-energy plant project in the country and power will be sold to the government at Tk 18.295 per kilowatt.

During the 25 years, the government will pay some Tk 15,325.43 crore to CMEC.

Some 42.5 megawatts will be generated every day using around 3,000 tonnes of waste collected from the DNCC areas.

DNCC is providing land for the project, CMEC is the investor while the ministry will purchase the electricity, State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid told the Daily Star in August this year.

They have chosen the Chinese company among 17 candidates as they found it to be technically and financially viable, Nasrul had said.

He said they are also initiating another project in Narayanganj, where a company has already been selected through tender.

Narayanganj City Corporation is providing land for the project. At the plant, 5 megawatts of electricity will be generated from waste, the state minister said.

As the volume of waste generated in Narayanganj is less compared to that of the capital, the amount of electricity generation will also be less, he added.

“We have also undertaken a similar plan in Dhaka South City Corporation areas. A negotiation in this regard is ongoing,” he had said.

The state minister said they also have a plan to start the process in Gazipur. Responding to a question on air pollution, Nasrul said along with the selected company they will ensure that less carbon dioxide is emitted during power generation.

On plastic pollution, the state minister said in Germany, a consumer has to give green tax to the city mayor to use plastic items, which acts as a disincentive in plastic use in restaurants and other places. Residents also re-use bags, he said.

People also sort their waste at home in Germany. That does not happen in Bangladesh, he added.

“I have already spoken to DNCC officials in this regard,” he said.

DNCC Chief Waste Management Officer Commodore Saidur Rahman told The Daily Star yesterday that as their existing landfill at Amin Bazar has almost been filled up, they are going to set up another one next to it.

A development project proposal (DPP) for 80 acres of land has already been approved, he added.

“We will provide 30 acres of land to the company to use it for 25 years to set up a plant to generate power from waste,” he said.

Saidur said they will provide 2,500 to 3,000 tonnes of waste generated in DNCC areas every day, which the company will segregate at the landfill to generate electricity.

“This will also help us reduce open disposal of waste and keep the city and environment clean,” he said.

As waste volume will decrease to one-third due to the initiative, dumping areas will also be reduced gradually, the chief waste management officer said.


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