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Biomass power plant to be set up in Hassan

Staff Correspondent

The Rs. 24.60-crore unit will generate eight MW of power


  • The plant will use 70,000 tonnes of biomass each year
  • It will provide direct employment to 21 people

    HASSAN: Hassan Biomass Power Company Private Limited (HBPC) is all set to produce eight MW of power from biomass available in Hassan and neighbouring districts.

    According to sources in the District Industries Centre (DIC), the Rs. 24.60-crore plant is coming up in an area of 20 acres at the Industrial Growth Centre, developed by Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) on Holenarsipur Road on the outskirts of Hassan. The promoter's equity is 32 per cent, and the company, which has its registered office in Bangalore, will take a term-loan to make up the rest of the funds required.

    The plant will use coconut fronds, rice husk, cotton stalk, cane trash, sunflower stalk, casuarinas and eucalyptus wood as raw materials to produce power, and the requirement is about 70,000 tonnes a year. The company has estimated that 1.7 lakh tonnes of biomass can be procured for power generation in Hassan district.

    The project has been described as "eco-friendly" in the "executive summary" presented to the Industries Department. According to senior officials of the DIC, the plant will be beneficial to the local people as it will use agriculture waste in the district where the primary occupation is agriculture. The plant will also aid industrial development in the region by easing power shortage.

    Twenty-one people will get direct employment and more than 500 will benefit from indirect employment opportunities.

    Pabba Suresh, HBPCPL consultant, told The Hindu that the plant is nearing completion and procurement of biomass will commence in January. The plant is likely to start functioning in February, he said and added that biomass power generation has advantages in terms of cost and gestation period.

    HBPC will develop a 1.5-acre green belt, which will enhance environmental quality, Mr. Suresh said.

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