Fuel switch from diesel to CBM gas
Essar is extracting CBM gas from the deeper coal seams in the Raniganj coal fields situated in the state of West Bengal . The project’s initial power requirement was met through diesel generators for drilling and installation of surface facilities. Since the project commissioning, the team at Durgapur, has been gradually replacing the diesel generators with CBM gas generators to reduce the CO2 emissions. Currently the Raniganj project is using 17 diesel generators and 30 gas generators. The use of CBM gas has reduced CO2 emissions by over fifty percent. The emissions have dropped from 60 MT/day to 25 MT/day thereby resulting in an annual reduction of 12, 775 MT of CO2 emissions.