PSPCL to lease out Rice Straw based Jalkheri Power Plant on ROT basis
KS Diwan / royalpatiala.in/ Patiala
Jalkheri Power Plant, a precious resource of Corporation which was lying redundant since long, Punjab State Power Corporation limited has decided to lease out Jalkheri Power Plant of 1×10 MW capacity on renovate, Operate and Transfer(ROT) basis, this was disclosed by Gurpreet Singh Kangar Minister for Power , New & Renewable Energy Sources, Punjab.
Kangar said that once this project becomes operational, not only about 80,000 MT per annum of rice straw shall be consumed for producing electricity, but this will also save environment from getting polluted which otherwise is polluted due to burning of rice straw in the state.Gurpreet Singh Kangar said that press tender has been issued in this regard and technical bid of the tender is scheduled on Oct.18,2018.
He also said that this project will also help in meeting with renewable purchase obligations (RPO) requirements of corporation. He said that corporation has a non-solar deficit of 1694 MU upto March 31,2018.The deficit are carried forward to the next year. Power Minister further added that this plant will generate 5.94 million units per annum considering a PLF of 65% and these units will be adjusted against any deficit of non-solar RPO during that year.
Giving history about the plant he said that Jalkheri biomass fuel based power plant of 1×10 MW capacity was constructed by erstwhile PSEB at village Jalkheri, District Fatehgarh Sahib was commissioned in June, 1992. He also added that the plant remained operational till July, 1995. Then, the plant was given on lease to M/s Jalkheri Power Plant Ltd. (JPPL) in July 2001, who commissioned the plant in July 2002 and kept the plant operational till September,2007. However, the plant stopped functioning due to dispute with JPPL in Year 2007 & is lying idle till then. Efforts were made to get the project re-started by giving a licence to the private developer to run the plant for a specific period by giving it on lease in 2012 but idea could not be materialized.