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KESC plans to develop major biogas project

The Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC) is planning to develop one of the world’s largest Bio Waste to Energy Project of its kind near the Landhi cattle colony, Karachi, that is likely to have the potential of generating up to 22 MW biogas alone.

“The plant is a socio-economically sustainable venture and reliable in comparison to wind or solar, which are vulnerable to extraneous variables, biggest being weather conditions,” said Omer Ghaznvi, a senior official of the KESC.

He revealed that under this energy project, up to 4,200 tons of bio-degradable waste will be collected on a daily basis largely from cattle farms in Landhi (feedstock) and organic food waste from industries, food outlets and wholesale markets throughout the city.

It is to be mentioned here that KESC has also signed an agreement with biogas technology providers M/s Highmark Renewables (HRR Canada) for onsite technical studies (Phase I) leading to the project plant design, which now stand completed.

During May to July 2011, HRR had conducted on-site feasibility analysis using its patent technology to produce biogas.

He said that the initial trial runs have demonstrated that the customized ‘recipe’ and feed plan are feasible, yielding significant amounts of biogas during the trial run.

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