Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL), India’s largest CNG distribution company today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with North Delhi Municipal Corporation (North DMC) to establish waste to energy plant and an integrated CBG-CNG fueling station in Delhi to convert Municipal Solid Waste into Compressed Bio-Gas (CBG) for use as fuel for running vehicles. The MoU was signed in the presence of Pawan Kumar, Director (Commercial), IGL; Sanjay Goyal, IAS, Commissioner, North DMC and senior officials from IGL & North DMC.

In this project, around 100 tons per day of the segregated municipal solid waste would be converted in Compressed Bio Gas as per IS 16087:2016 specification. North DMC would be providing segregated bio-degradable waste for the entire life of this CBG plant as per Solid Waste Management Rules 2016. IGL would be setting up the integrated CBG-CNG plant and fueling station at the proposed site for this project which is located at Ghoga Dairy at Bawana in Delhi.

The agreement was signed as a part of extension of the Government’s initiative under synchronization scheme. The Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme envisages setting up of 5000 CBG plants by 2023-24 with production target of 15 MMTPA, facilitating the creation of new employment opportunities and enhancing farmers’ income. By using Municipal Solid Waste as input, this initiative involves a multi-pronged approach to reduce municipal waste on one hand and produce clean energy on the other in a sustainable manner.

Earlier, while explaining the salient features of the MoU, Pawan Kumar explained that this plant is expected to produce around 4000 kg per day of CBG, 15 tons per day of city compost and around 50 KL per day of wet slurry after bi-methanation of 100 Tons per day of the solid waste. However, this volume of CBG generated may not be sufficient to cater to expected vehicular demand of CNG. Therefore, an Integrated CBG station shall be established to cater to CNG demand of general public as well as captive demand for North DMC vehicles. The residual Bio-manure/organic slurry will be further value addition and shall be available for the market.

This MoU shall be another step towards developing an ecosystem in the country for the production of CBG from various waste and biomass sources leading to multiple benefits like reduction of natural gas imports, reduction of GHG emission, remunerative income to farmers, employment generation, effective waste management etc. The initiative is also in line with the goals of AtmaNirbhar Bharat, Swach Bharat Mission and boosting MSME sector.

The agreement was signed as a part of extension of the Government’s initiative under synchronization scheme.