State-run NTPC has teamed up with the Indian Railways for fly ash transportation, a move that will help to enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants, it said on Thursday.
- NTPC (National Thermal Power Plant) has signed a Mou (Memorandum of Understanding) with East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ SFTO (Special Freight Train Operator) scheme.
- NTPC has became the first entity in the country to sign an SFTO agreement with Indian Railways, according to the company statement.
- P K Sinha, ED (EMG, AM and Safety, NTPC) said,”At NTPC, sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key focus areas for us as part of our commitment to safeguard the environment. Ash is now also looked at as a commodity, which can translate into steady revenue stream for the company in the long run.”
- The pact will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants and it will be further extended to other NTPC projects.
- Sinha added,”We decided to go with Indian Railways since it has the necessary capability to transport fly ash in bulk in the region at a lower cost.”
- Fly ash will be transported by BTAP (Bogey Tank For Alumina Powder) rakes, which are leak proof wagons with special air fluidizing system.
- As part of the agreement, NTPC has procured 3 BTAP rakes and each rake will have a capacity of 3,060 tonne ash.
- The first of the 3 rakes is expected to be arrive by October 2019.
- The signing of the MoU with Railways is a definitive step towards further enhancing fly ash utilisation limit at NTPC plants.
- Further,it will ease sourcing of raw materials for downstream industries in the region.
- NTPC Regional Executive Director of Northern Region, Shri K K Singh, signed the MoU on behalf of the company in Patna on Wednesday.
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