Mumbai: Essar Power, one of Essar Global Fund’s key investments in the Energy portfolio, has commissioned its 1st flue gas scrubber at the Essar Power Hazira (EPHL) facility. The flue gas scrubber will bring down the sulphur dioxide in flue gas by 25 per cent, and will check emissions and help the environment.
With an aim to further its Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) goals, Essar has been encouraging its businesses to transition to green operations and invest in technologies that reduce their carbon footprint.
Commenting on the milestone Kush, CEO — Essar Power, said “Essar Power believes in running its operations with minimal environmental impact. They accomplished the commissioning of the flue gas scrubber despite the challenges we faced due to the pandemic.
“With the first one completed, we shall surely look at replicating it at other facilities of ours in future. Such eco-initiatives are part of Essar Power’s strategic plan to transition to green operations.”
The team took an innovative approach. They optimised the scrubber as per the coal quality being supplied and targetted the emission norms. In fact, the project was fast-tracked while maintaining all safety precautions. There was no reportable incident.
The Covid-19 situation and related constraints did pose challenges for the project, both in terms of supply of material, as well as manpower. However, the company followed safety protocols for all work at the site.
The location followed precautions such as social distancing, wearing of face mask, day time working in view of night curfew. RT-PCR testing covered all external manpower. A vaccination drive strengthened the herd immunity within the facility. EHPL had most fabrication work carried out on the site itself. This not just ensured quality but also maintained a consistent pace of work, the statement added.
EPHL is part of Essar Power. This is India’s one of the first private sector independent power producers. It has a power generating capacity of 2,070 MW across four plants in India and Canada.
The company also has a 465-km interstate transmission system across three Indian states.
Essar Power (EPOL) forms part of the energy portfolio of Essar Global Fund Limited (EGFL). Essar Capital manages these investments.
EPOL recently announced its plan to foray into renewable energy. It starts with investing Rs 300 crore in a 90 MWP PV Solar power plant in Madhya Pradesh.