The Maharashtra state power generation company (MahaGenco) has decided to make use of “green-coal” at the Parli thermal power station in Beed district.
The state power utility has invited expression of interest from prospective bidders for the supply of “biomass briquettes bio coal” for the boiler of one of the three units of the plant having individual power generation capacity of 250 MW.
Mohan Avhad, the Parli thermal power station’s chief engineer, said the plant will be the first MahaGenco facility to use “green coal” on an experimental basis.
“The alternative green fuel to be used will have agro residue or crop residue as the base material. We have three units, each of 250 MW capacity. They together require around 11,000-12,000 tonne coal per day if the plant is operating at the designed capacity,” he said.
While the coal for the Parli plant is arranged from mines near Hyderabad and the Vidarbha region, the proposed use of green coal is expected to save huge transportation cost besides offering environmental benefits and providing supplementary income to the rural population.
Pasha Patel, the former president of Maharashtra state commission for agriculture and prices, who has been advocating the use of “green coal” at thermal plants, said the use of eco-friendly fuel would give boost to bamboo cultivation in the state, especially in the Marathwada region.