Pollution control equipment in coal-fired power plants is a ₹3.96-lakh crore industry


Pollution control equipment in coal-fired power plants is a ₹3.96-lakh crore industry

New study into the cost and benefits of installing pollution control equipment in India’s thermal power plants has estimated the bill that the sector will be plastered with at 3.91-3.96 lakh crore till 2030.

Equipment such as flue gas desulphuriser, catalytic reducer and electrostatic precipitators alone will account for 2.57 lakh crore — the rest will be the spends for operations and maintenance and consumables. This is a huge opportunity for the manufacturing industry.

This estimate is almost the same as the one made earlier by the Association of Power Producers, which put the capital costs at 2.80 lakh crore.

But the study on ‘Benefit-cost analysis of Emission Standards for coal-based thermal power plants in India’ by the Centre for Science, Technology and Policy (C-STEP), covers a greater number of plants — 263 GW of capacity till 2030. Read More

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