Thursday, 7 July, 2022

DSCC to produce 50MW power from waste

Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) will produce 50 megawatts of electricity by utilising 3000 metric tonnes of solid waste at the Matuail landfill in the capital.

The DSCC will negotiate a deal with Chinese company Canves Environmental Invest International Company Limited for setting up the power plant.

The Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives (LGRD) ministry received proposals from at least 26 companies and the company was selected for setting up the country’s one of the largest waste-to-energy projects.

The company made a proposal seeking 31 acres of land from DSCC to set up an incineration plant and 3,000 metric tonnes of solid waste per day which will be burnt to generate the electricity, sources in LGRD Ministry and DSCC said.

They also said that the Chinese company proposed to pay 20 US cents for each tonnes of solid waste per day and 1500 dollars as rent for each acre of land per year. The company sought 21.98 US cents for each unit of electricity from the proposed plant for 25-30 years.

The company will need to sign a land lease and waste delivery agreements with the DSCC. It will also sign a power purchase agreement with the buyer, the BPDB after completing the negotiation.

On 25 April, DSCC formed a committee with the chief waste management officer as its convener while the chief estate officer, the executive engineer of the waste management department and the law officer as members of the committee.

The committee has been asked to negotiate with the company regarding the price of collected solid waste and the rent of the land which will be handed over to the Chinese company for setting up the plant.

DSCC sources said they are likely to sit with the Chinese company next month to negotiate the price of waste and rent of land.

When asked if the DSCC can provide 3,000 metric tonnes waste to the company per day, an engineer of the waste management department said, “We now collect 2,600 to 2,700 tonnes of solid waste daily from 75 wards of the city corporation. I think we can increase the collection capacity up to 3,000 tonnes per day.”

Of the collected waste, more than 70 per cent is organic or wet waste from kitchens.

When asked if the company can produce energy from organic waste which has low calorific value, he said, “Before setting up the plant, we will conduct the feasibility and the Environment Impact Assessment studies.” It is mentionable that the lone 100 acres waste disposal site of DSCC at Matuail has reached its capacity long ago and the city corporation is now facing difficulty to dispose the waste.

DSCC has acquired 81 acres of a water body to expand the dumpsite under a development project where they want to follow a Reduce, Reuse and Recycle strategies and turned the old dumpsite into a public space.

DSCC will allocate 31 acres of land to set up a waste-to-energy plant.