Pakistan’s first waste-to-energy plant to set up in Lahore
The National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) has granted the license to Lahore Xingzhong Renewable Energy Company Limited for establishing a 40.0 MW waste based power plant at Lakhodair, District Lahore.
In an effort to promote renewable and indigenous sources for power generation, the company will set up Pakistan’s first power plant to generate electricity from solid waste. The company will use the most suitable waste-to-energy technology and will deploy an incineration type facility. The project will reduce 2000 tons/day of the city’s municipal solid waste to generate electricity, meanwhile addressing solid waste management and energy needs of the country.
The projects also aim to solve waste disposal problems and challenges of limited space for landfills and gas emissions. Ultimately it will pave a way towards cleaner cities and healthy environment with limited emission of greenhouse gases.
NEPRA has already announced a Competitive Upfront Tariff of US Cents 10.007/kWh for waste to energy initiatives in Pakistan. Spanning 25 years of the operational period, the tariff has an overall capacity of 250 MW share for each province and 50MW for federal territory.
Undisposed waste becomes a breeding ground for diseases and pollution. Various countries have already announced a tariff for municipal waste power plants to achieve a win-win situation. Such plants offer dual benefits of waste disposal and