Kolkata, Mar 15: India’s largest power utility, NTPC Limited has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Hazipur based East Central Railway Zone for transportation of fly ash under Indian Railways’ Special Freight Train Operator (SFTO) scheme.
NTPC thus became the first entity in the country to sign an SFTO agreement with the Railways. The fly ash will be transported by Bogey Tank For Alumina Powder (BTAP) rakes, which are leakproof wagons with special air fluidizing system.
K.K. Singh, Regional Executive Director, Northern Region, NTPC, signed the MoU. The pact with Indian Railways for fly ash transportation will help enhance ash utilisation at Rihand and Vindhyachal Super Thermal Power plants and it will be further extended to other NTPC projects. S. Narendra, Regional Executive Director, Eastern Region was present on the occasion.
Speaking on the development, P.K. Sinha, ED (EMG, AM and Safety), NTPC said, “At NTPC, sustainable ash utilisation is one of the key focus areas for us as part of our commitment to safeguard the environment. Ash is now also looked at as a commodity, which can translate into steady revenue stream for the company in the long run. The pact with Indian Railways is a major step in this direction since it will enable us to transport fly ash to various industries in the region. We decided to go with Indian Railways since it has the necessary capability to transport fly ash in bulk in the region at a lower cost.”
As part of the agreement, NTPC has procured three BTAP rakes and each rake will have a capacity of 3060 tonne ash. The first of the three rakes is expected to arrive by October 2019. UNI