NTPC Limited and Chempolis India have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore the feasibility of setting up a bamboo based bio-refinery in Bongaigaon, Assam.
Under this MoU, NTPC will work with Chempolis to conduct the feasibility study for the project which will utilise bamboo for the production of 2G ethanol, bio-coal for thermal power plants and other value-added products. The proposed bio-refinery is planned as an integration project with NTPC Bongaigaon power plant, where all utility requirements such as steam, power, etc., will be supplied from the power plant and the bio-coal produced by the bio-refinery will partly replace coal in the power plant, effectively converting 5 per cent of the generation of the power plant to green. The project will support NTPC’s decarboniation efforts, and build a sustainable model by promoting the use of locally available resources. Engineers India Limited is the project consultant for NTPC for the preparation of the detailed project report.