According to Mr George Mathew chairman of Grouppe Utilitie Private Ltd based at Chennai, all generating thermal power will be well advised to set up downstream cement units to dispose of fly ash which is proving to be a major ecological hazard.
In an interview Mr Mathew said that Grouppe Utilitie had in the first week of November signed an agreement with a Chinese consortium of Chongquing Gear Box Co Ltd and Hefei an international cement machinery manufacturer to set up cement plants in India.
He said several thermal power units are coming up in Andhra Pradesh and elsewhere in the country, using imported coal or Indian coal to bridge the power deficit and fly ash disposal is proving to be a major problem.
He said that “Cement manufacture is one of the recommended methods of fly ash disposal and technologies are now available to set up cement plants using fly ash. Hefei can supply equipment and set up cement plants with 6,000 TPD capacity. The company has experience of setting up such plants in more than 10 countries worldwide.”
He said cement industry in India was growing at 14% annum and it would be profitable for thermal units to set up downstream cement units. He added that “Thermal plants are being set up at a cost of INR 5000 crore to INR 6000 crore and it should not be a major problem to set up the cement unit with an investment of INR 700 crore to INR 800 crore.”
Mr Mathew said cement plants could be established near clusters of thermal plants. He added that “Four or five thermal plants are being established in Srikakulam and Vizianagaram districts by private companies and there is an outcry over the likely adverse ecological impact. This is one of the ways of mitigating pollution and generating green energy. These companies can also claim carbon credits.”