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Power companies demand to extend deadline to install emission technology

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new Delhi. The Electricity Producers Association (APP) has asked for more time to install emission control devices in its plants. He said it was difficult to install these devices by December 2022 due to reasons such as the Kovid-19 epidemic and supply constraints from China. In a letter sent to the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) on July 1, APP has asked for three more years for this. According to the government order, all the thermal power plants in the country have to install FGD (flue gas de-sulfurization) technology by December 2022 in a phased manner. This device reduces sulfur oxide emissions on coal burning.

In the letter, the association informed the PMO that it would be difficult to meet the deadline in the current situation as supplies from China were being disrupted due to the Kovid-19 epidemic. The organization says that only 20 to 30 percent of emissions reduction equipment is made in India while 70 to 80 percent is imported from China. A copy of the letter has also been sent to the Ministry of Power. It added that after the hurdle caused by the epidemic and the recent violent clash between Indo-China forces, the demand for boycott of products made in China seems difficult to work within the target.

The organization has written in the letter that all this is apart from regulatory hurdles and the inability of banks to give additional loans to the power sector. According to the union, many power stations have to take large amount from the distribution companies. This outstanding amount has now increased due to the Kovid-19 crisis. In view of the challenges faced by the power companies, the APP has urged the government to extend the time limit for installation of equipment to reduce emissions by at least two to three years.

This post was published on July 3, 2020 7:51 pm

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