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Kolkata, Oct. 30

The country's first micro-turbine project using biogas, launched with partial assistance from the US , was commissioned in Purulia today. It will generate 30-KW benefiting around 100 families and a local dairy farm, which is hosting the project.

The project is estimated to cost Rs 13.5 crore, out of which the US Government funding is approximately Rs 29.5 lakh.

The project was formally inaugurated by the West Bengal Power Minister, Mr Mrinal Banerjee, in the presence of the US Consul-General in Kolkata, Mr Henry V. Jardine, who described it as a fine example of growing Indo-US relation in energy sector. Mr S.P. Gan Choudhury, Director of West Bengal Renewable Energy Development Agency (WBREDA), was also present.

Initiated in September 2003, the US-Asia Environmental Partnership (USAEP) provided funding for a pre-feasibility study on potential of micro-turbine technology in India based on biomass/biogas applications. USAEP also organised an orientation visit led by the Power Minister and other key stakeholders to the US in June 2004. Capstone Turbine, the US company, participated in the pilot project and supplied micro turbine and other equipment for the project. The entire project, coordinated by WBREDA, was supported by the USAID.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 31, 2006)
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