LCCI keen to sign MoU with LWMC in Waste-to-Energy-Power Project: Sohail Lashari

LAHORE: Moving ahead with its plans to put up a private sector-led 10 Mega Watt power project, the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Monday showed its keenness to sign Memorandum of Understanding with Lahore Waste Management Company (LWMC) in connection with Waste-to-Energy-Power Project.

The LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari was talking to GM LWMC Col (Retd) Tahir Maqbool here at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry. LCCI Vice President Kashif Anwar and Executive Committee Member Zafar Mehmood were also present on the occasion.

The LCCI President said that the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry had planned to establish power generation project to bridge supply-demand gap of electricity which was surging with every passing day. He said that although the government was doing the needful with full enthusiasm and working round-the-clock on a number of power projects but the need of the hour is that the private sector should come forward to play its part of duty in the larger interests of the economy.

Engineer Sohail Lashari said that the LCCI wanted a turn-key solution to ongoing energy crisis so it was evaluating all the available power generation options ranging from low-head hydle power projects to waste-to-energy solution.

The LCCI President said that as soon as the modalities are finalized, the LCCI, in consultation with its senior members, would unveil the methodology to execute the project.

The GM LWMC Col Tahir Maqbool briefed the LCCI President on various technologies used globally in the waste-to-energy projects. He advocated using a technology that matches the lower calorific value ((LCV) and high moisture control of waste of the city. He said that “fluidized incineration” technology might be the most suitable one for energy generation from waste, keeping in view the characteristics of solid waste.

He also proposed to have waste-to-energy plants installed in the industrial zones in order to utilize the heat and electricity in an efficient manner. He said that such a plant of western standards could be installed for obtaining electricity from solid waste.

He added that four years were required for a waste-to-energy plant for making fully functional, depending on various factors. He said that the waste-to-energy plant would not only provide electricity but would also aid in efficient processing and treatment of waste.

Tahir Maqbool said that more than 5000 tons of waste is produced on daily basis in Lahore, therefore, waste-to-energy is the most feasible option to produce electricity.

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