K-Electric and Engro Energy have inked MoU to produce 50MW electricity with solid waste to reducing the impacts of climate change by converting Karachi’s municipal solid waste into an indigenous and renewable resource of energy with an estimated cost of US$ 175 million in Karachi.
The MoU was signed by CEO KE Moonis Alvi and CEO Engro Energy Ahsan Zafar Syed at KE’s head office.
Karachi’s municipal solid waste will be reduced by 3,000 tons per day to generate electricity through the project which will play a key role in addressing the municipality’s waste issue and simultaneously contribute in fulfilling the growing power needs of the city.
Moonis Alvi said KE is committed to providing clean, reliable and affordable energy for the sustainable development of the city. Signing of this MoU today is yet another testament of our efforts towards a cleaner and greener Karachi. We are hopeful to complete this project as soon as possible with the right facilitation from all concerned quarters and regulatory approvals.
Karachi produces around 12,000 to 15,000 tons of solid waste daily and therefore has the ability to generate more than 200MW of electricity as per reports. Successful commissioning of this project will encourage the development of more such projects in the future to address the pressing waste disposal issues while also resolving the problems of limited landfill spaces and gas emissions.
Ahsan Zafar Syed said Engro is always at the forefront of solving the pressing issues of our time and one such challenge that our country faces is waste management in our cities. This collaboration with Karachi Electric signals our resolve to find a solution around the waste management issues in one of Pakistan’s major cities. Karachi is home to a populace of over 20 million people and the waste-to-energy plant will not only add clean energy to K-Electric’s energy mix but will also provide a sustainable way to manage solid waste which is important for the environment whilst improving livability index of Karachi.
The project site will be identified through surveys keeping in view the availability of solid waste as well as suitability for evacuating power from the plant. Simultaneously, studies will also be undertaken to develop a solid waste supply chain with concerned authorities to propose a suitable mechanism for its collection, sorting and transportation to the project site. Construction of the plant will commence after land acquisition, tariff determination and other required approvals.