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Environmental Management

In keeping with the motto of the Tata Group, Tata Power has constantly given high priority to social concerns.

We continually strive towards sustainable development by trying to find a balance between the needs of our customers and responsible care for the environment. We are committed to protect and promote the environment.  We have a well-defined Environment Policy and all our plants have environmental management system in place. Tata Power has established a Corporate Safety, Health & Environment Department (C-SHE) which is responsible for all environmental and safety activities in the company.  Driven by our commitment to power generation harmonious with nature, Tata Power has taken concrete steps to sustain the ecological balance.

Making Positive Environment Impact:

Over Rs.100 crores have been invested on pollution control equipment at the Trombay Thermal Power Plant to install:

  • India’s first-of-its-kind Flue Gas-De-sulphurisation (FGD) plant to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions in flue gas, based on the sea-water scrubbing principle.
  • Electrostatic Precipitators of 99.5% efficiency.
  • Tall Chimneys (152 m and 275 m) to limit the ground level concentration of pollutants.
  • Low NOx burner to minimise NOx Pollution.

Our power stations are clean and environmentally sound. Instruments for continuous on-line sampling and analysis of the flue gases, closed circuit television for monitoring stack emissions and a Continuous Ambient Air Monitoring Station have been provided. Annual environmental statements are submitted to the Government Authorities as per their guidelines. Tata Power will strive to go beyond simple compliance and excel in its environmental performance. Initiatives for voluntary reduction in SO2, SPM, NOx and CO2 emissions are a part of ongoing strategy. The company has carried out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) study for all its new projects at following locations: Mundra, Gujarat; Raigad, Maharashtra; Naraj Marthapur, Orissa and Jojobera, Jharkhand.

The Fly ash generated from all thermal power plants is used in ready mix concrete.  Trombay Thermal Power Station has developed an in-house technology in collaboration with TERI for treatment of oily sludge in eco-friendly manner. Some other examples of the key improvements:

  • Replacement of Indian coal by imported coal with lower sulphur and lower ash content.
  • Improvement to the channel carrying the condenser cooling water discharge.
  • Anhydrous Ammonia injection method to control SPM level.
  • New FGD for the additional 250 MW capacity that has been set-up at Trombay.
  • Maximizing the utilization of gas over other fossil fuels
Trombay Thermal Power Station
Trombay Thermal Power Station - Flue Gas Desulphurization Plant
Trombay Thermal Power Station Flue Gas Desulphurization Plant, Unit 5 Trombay

 

Environment Protection

Long before the present global ecological concern, Tata Power realised its moral and corporate responsibility towards environmental protection.

  • Tata Power started off over thirty years ago with eco-restoration and eco-development programmes in its area of operation in the Western Ghats, particularly in the catchment areas of the lakes in Mawal and Mulshi Talukas. Since then, over 70 lakh saplings of 60 tree species have been planted in the area.
  • The programme was intensified in 1995. Over 6 lakh trees, mainly evergreen and indigenous species, are being planted regularly, enriching the flora and fauna of the surrounding hills.
  • A green belt of about 1 lakh trees has been raised around the Trombay Thermal power plant and nearby hillsides.
  • Actively supports pisciculture activities at their hydro stations by assisting in the breeding of fishes like the Mahsheer.
  • Also built and maintains two gardens in Mumbai Metropolis.

Pollution Control

Driven by its commitment to power generation harmonious with nature, Tata Power has taken concrete steps to sustain the ecological balance. Over Rs.100 crores have been invested on pollution control equipment at the Trombay Thermal Power Plant, to install:

  • India’s first-of-its-kind Flue Gas-De-sulphurisation plant to reduce sulphur dioxide emissions in flue gas, based on the sea-water scrubbing principle.
  • Electrostatic Precipitators of 99.5% efficiency.
  • Fly Ash aggregate plant to convert fly ash into lightweight aggregates, a valuable building material.
  • Tall Chimneys (152 m and 275 m) to limit the ground level concentration of emissions.

Environment Education

Environment education must be made a concomitant of environment conservation. Tata Power has taken a lead in this direction.

  • Tata Power conducts a non-formal School Comprehensive Environment Programme (SEEP) with the help of Bharati Vidyapeeth Environment Education and Research Institute, Pune.
  • The Company has undertaken to set up an Environment Interpretation Centre to create general awareness among people.
  • Construction of Primary schools in rural areas.
  • Constructing of one-room primary education centres in 38 remote villages in the catchment areas to ensure that at least primary education is available. Tata Power is also committed to assist in building 4 to 5 schools every year. The Company also provide all necessary help in running the schools at the power stations at Bhira and Bhivpuri.
  • Training imparted to more than 200 teachers under education awareness programme.
  • Improving the quality of water of village ponds.
  • Supplying drinking water from the Company’s lakes to Panchayats and, on Government request, to drought-prone villages by tankers and bullock carts.
  • Providing medical aid in rural areas by organising medical camps with the help of Doctors of Rotary Club.

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