NTPC develops infrastructure at Rihand for bulk transportation of fly ash

NTPC Ltd has developed the necessary infrastructure at its Rihand power plant in Uttar Pradesh for transporting fly ash in bulk to cement plants located at a distance, at reduced cost.

Balaji Iyengar, executive director, NTPC Rihand, flagged off the first rake of 59 BOXN type railway wagons carrying 3,450 tonnes of fly ash was from Rihand Super Thermal Power station to ACC Cement manufacturing plant at Tikaria, UP, located at a distance of 458 km, as per a statement issued by NTPC Ltd.
The development is in line with NTPC's commitment towards 100 percent utilisation of fly ash from power plants.
NTPC Rihand along with leading cement producers appraised East Central Railway on the need for despatching fly ash in BOXN wagons covered with tarpaulin for the effecting transfer the first tranche.  The innovation will pave the way for efficient and safer transportation of fly ash from the power plants to cement production units located at a distance in larger quantity, the release stated.
The effort marks the beginning of a new era for the transportation of fly ash from a remote location to a consumption centre, enabling power plants for upgrading the utilisation of fly ash with the availability of additional material loading avenues for Indian Railways and accessibility of fly ash to the cement plants in an environment-friendly manner at a competitive price. 
During the financial year 2019-20, almost 44.33 million tonnes of fly ash, which is about 73.31 per cent of the total fly ash generated by NTPC plants, were utilised for various productive purposes.
NTP is also looking at new avenues of fly ash management like fly ash based geo-polymer road, use of bottom ash as replacement of fine aggregate (sand) in cement concrete. Also, NTPC has plans to set up fly ash classifier unit for export purposes.
With a total installed capacity of 62.9 GW, NTPC Group has 70 power stations comprising of 24 coal, 7 combined cycle gas/liquid fuel, 1 hydro, 13 renewables along with 25 subsidiary and joint venture power stations. The group has over 20 GW of capacity under construction, including 5 GW of renewable energy projects.