August 23: Fed up with the irregular supply of electricity, an industrial organization in Birgunj has set up its own thermal plant to generate electricity. Rungata Group has been operating OCB Food and Feed Pvt Ltd with electricity from its own thermal plant set up in the Birgunj-Pathlaiya Industrial Corridor.
The company has not subscribed for electricity from the Nepal Electricity Authority for running this factory. Executive officer of Rungata Group, Suresh Rungata said that the thermal plant produces electricity by burning rice chaff.
“We were forced to produce electricity on our own as the electricity supplied by the NEA used to disrupted time and again and it also had low voltage,” said Suresh Rungata.
“Now we have uninterrupted supply of electricity. There isn’t any problem now,” he added.
The thermal plant has the capacity to produce 2.2 megawatts of electricity. Currently, the plant is producing only 1.9 megawatts of electricity required to run the industry, according to Rungata.
The company has signed an agreement to sell excess amount of electricity to NEA.
This industry was set up with an investment of Rs 1 billion six months ago.
According to Rungata, it cost Rs 200 million to establish the thermal plant.
The company produces soybean and palm oils.
The company uses its own byproduct collected from Om Agro Product, a subsidiary of Rungata Group, as a raw material for the thermal plant.