Power producers seek more time to install emission controlling FDG technology

An association of power producers has sought more time to install emission controlling equipment at their plants, saying various issues, including COVID-19 followed by supply disruptions from China, have posed challenges in meeting the December 2022 deadline. In a letter to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Association of Power Producers (APP) has sought another three years to complete the process.

As per a government order, all thermal power plants in India have to install the flue gas de-sulphurisation (FGD) technology that reduces sulphur oxides emissions on burning of coal, in a phased manner by December 2022. In the letter, the APP has apprised the top office that under the current circumstances meeting the deadline would be a challenge as the COVID-19 outbreak has led to supply disruptions of equipment from China.

Only about 20-30 per cent of the emission reducing components, it said, are manufactured in India and for a major share of 70-80 per cent, the country is dependent on imports from China, it said.

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