STAFF REPORT KHI: The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) is going to dispose of a petition for determination of generation tariff for the first-ever $22 million agriculture residue biomass fuelled power plant in Punjab in its public hearing on April 3.
Lumen Energia Private Limited (LEPL) has filed a petition for its 12 megawatt plant having expected project cost of $22.619 million and would be financed on 80 per cent debt and 20 per cent equity. The LEPL has proposed a tariff of Rs11.1175 per unit.
Biomass power generation can be reliably produced by using plant matter, including rice husk, cotton stalk, corn cobs, sugarcane trash and wood. LEPL is currently developing five biomass power plants of 11 megawatt each. These multi-biomass fuel fired power plants will be located in five different districts of Punjab. Each 11 megawatt plant will burn various kinds of agricultural waste easily available.
LEPL has already received the government of Pakistan approval to develop its first 12 megawatt power plant in Jhang. About 100,000 tons of agricultural biomass waste will be consumed annually at each biomass power plant. The multi-fuel combustion flexibility will ensure that plant will have year round availability of fuel.
The Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB) is actively facilitating public and private sector organisations for establishing and promoting biomass to energy projects in the country.