Kathmandu, 7 January, 2018: Nepal’s first-ever biogas plant, Energy and Fertilisers Pvt. Ltd, has begun its operations to produce bottled ‘Compressed Natural Gas- CNG’. This CNG can be used as an alternative to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
The plant located at Sukrauli, Nawalparasi will utilize cow dung, press mud, poultry litter and biomass to produce CNG.The company said that maize grains are the most suitable material for biogas production and can sustain the plant’s raw material requirements for a long time. So, the company has been producing maize in a commercial way since its inception.
Using the German technology to produce 2 tons of cooking gas daily, the company has invested Rs 220 million to establish the plant. The company has also rented 15 biogas of land near the plant and has planted maize that can be used as a supplementary material for biogas production.
“Due to the lack of domestic cooking gas plant, people had to suffer for five months during the trade embargo imposed by India in September 2015.It is the first biogas plant in Nepal that will produce cooking gas in a commercial way,” said Sandeep Kumar Agrawal, the managing director of the company.
Abhirath Agrawal, director of the company, mentioned that the company will be collecting biodegradable waste from landfills in coordination with the municipalities. “Managing urban waste is a challenge and this plant will play its part in easing the problem,” he asserted.