North East’s 1st compressed biogas plant in Assam
The foundation stone-laying ceremony for the first-ever compressed biogas plant project in northeast India took place at Domora Pathar in Sonapur under the Kamrup (Metropolitan) district, and the chief guest was chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The plant, which is being built by businessmen Pankaj Gogoi and Rakesh Doley under the name Redlemon Technologies, is expected to begin operating in November 2023 and will have a 5 tonne-per-day production capacity for compressed biogas from raw materials like municipal solid wastes and cattle manure.
North East’s 1st compressed biogas plant: Key Points
- The Sonapur compressed biogas plant would significantly contribute to the Assam government’s goal of making a gradual transition to cleaner and greener energy.
- The compressed biogas facilities, like the one being developed in Sonapur, would not only help with municipal solid waste management issues, but they would also give farmers another source of income because they would be able to sell livestock dung to the biogas producers.
- The organic fertilisers that would be generated as a byproduct of methane in such compressed biogas facilities, he further expressed the expectation, would offer a safer alternative to chemical fertilisers currently used throughout the State.
In reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledges to reduce India’s carbon emissions on international platforms like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Chief Minister Sarma said Assam, like the other States, would do everything in its power to ensure that the nation is able to keep its commitments made on mitigating the effects of global warming.
Assam: Important Takeaways
- Assam Chief Minister: Himanta Biswa Sarma
- Assam Capital: Dispur
- Assam Folk Dance: Bihu
- Assam Governor: Gulab Chand Kataria