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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