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Pakistan – Government plans to expand bagasse-based cogeneration

The government is planning to increase bagasse-based cogenerated power from the country’s mills via the Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) in association with National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (Nepra), according to local press reports.

Plan is to secure the 87 mills potential of 3000 MW.

Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) issued letters of intent (LOIs) to 12 companies and sugar mills to cogenerate 387MW.

These projects will come on-stream at different times – with six projects generating power by December 2017, and the remaining by 2018.

The projects scheduled to be operational in 2017 include 15MW Hamza Sugar Mill Limited (Rahim Yar Khan), 41MW Layyah Sugar Mills Ltd, 19MW Alliance Sugar Mills Ltd (Ghotki), 20MW Safina Sugar Mills Chiniot, 45MW Almoiz Industries Ltd, Mianwali and 67MW Eatihad Power Generation (Rahim Yar Khan).

Similarly, the projects, scheduled to be operational in 2018 include 22MW Chanar Energy Limited (CEL), Faisalabad, 36MW RYK Energy, Rahim Yar Khan, 32MW Shahtaj Sugar Mills Ltd, Mandi Bahauddin, 30MW each Sheikhoo Power Limited, Muzafar Garh, Indus Energy Ltd, Rajanpur and Hamza Sugar Mills Unit II.

The CEL’s proposed 22 MW co-generation facility will comprise extraction cum condensing type turbo generator of Hangzhou Steam Turbine Co. Limited, China. The associated high pressure boiler (110 TPH Capacity) is made of Wuxi HuaYun Power Engineering Co. Limited, China.

CEL will also purchase bagasse from the market to operate the generation facility during the crushing season and off-crushing season till the availability of the stock. The project can use other bio-mass including rice husk, cotton stalk, corn and maize cobs etc. in combination with bagasse or separately.

This initiative to drive production of cogenerated power is likely to help the country reduce its chronic power shortages as well as save PKR33 billion (US$315 million) to PKR49 billion (US$468 million) in foreign exchange spent on the import of furnace oil.

International Sugar Journal

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