NTPC Ltd has started collaborating with cement manufacturers around the country to supply fly ash. The move is part of India’s largest power producer’s endeavour to achieve 100 per cent utilisation of the by-product produced during power generation.
NTPC is leveraging Indian Railways’ sprawling network to transport fly ash in an economical and environment-friendly manner.
To contribute towards 100 per cent utilisation of fly ash, NTPC Mauda expanded its footsteps towards ash utilisation by sending the by-product to cement manufacturers through railway rakes. The plant transported 3,186 metric tonnes (MT) of dry fly ash in 51 BCCW wagons to Rajshree Cement, a unit of Ultratech Cement, Kalburgi, in the state of Karnataka. With this mega initiative, NTPC Mauda has become the first power plant of NTPC in the state of Maharashtra to send a massive amount of dry fly ash through rail.
During the financial year 2019-20, almost 2.357 million MT of fly ash was utilised for various productive purposes by NTPC Mouda. The power plant produces approximately 2.4-2.5 million MT of ash annually. Presently, 100 per cent of ash is being utilised for the production of cement and fly ash bricks, construction of road embankment, development of low-lying land and raising of ash dyke.
With a total installed capacity of 62.9 GW, the NTPC Group has 70 power stations comprising 24 coal, 7 combined cycle gas and liquid fuel, 1 hydro, 13 renewables along with 25 subsidiary and joint venture (JV) power stations. The group has over 20 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects.