In order to cater to rapid industrialisation, the demand for electrical energy is on the rise. Conforming to stringent environmental norms, energy through waste heat recovery has emerged as one of the better alternatives to address this need. The Ministry of Environment & Forest has made it compulsory for the DRI plants to generate captive power by using kiln waste heat in order to emphasise on generating power through this non conventional way.
Tata Sponge had established itself as a captive power producer much before this norm had been established.
Tata Sponge’s first power plant using waste heat was commissioned in 2001. Later, it added another power plant in 2006 to increase its overall power producing capacity to 26 MW.
At a Glance
- Established itself as a captive power producer.
- First power plant using waste heat commissioned in 2001 & the second in 2006.
- Total production capacity – 26 MW.
Reduced operational cost through the production of alternate energy.
- Provides a consistent source of green power.
- Shifted dependence on thermal power completely.
- Exports surplus power to the State Electricity Corporation.
- Installed a private 220 KV power transmission line.
This non conventional source of energy not only provides a consistent source of “green” power, but also helps the company to reduce its operational costs. The Company has successfully shifted its dependence on thermal power as a responsible corporate entity.
Not only is Tata Sponge self sufficient as far as power production is concerned, the Company currently exports its surplus power to the State Electricity Corporation. For this purpose, the company has installed a private 220 KV power transmission line from its plant to the nearest grid station at Joda (7 kms) to facilitate uninterrupted power transmission to and from the Grid (in case of emergency in the plant).