HP inked pact with Iceland based company
An Iceland based company Geotropy Iceland would set up a Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Store in Tapri of Kinnaur district on pilot bases using innovative geothermal technology, benefitting local apple growers. A pact was inked between the State Government and the Company in this regard, in the presence of Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, here today.
Managing Director, HPMC, Sudesh Kumar Mokhta signed the MoU on behalf of the State Government while the Chairman of the Geotropy Iceland Thomas Ottohansson represented the company. The CA store would be having a storage capacity of one thousand tons and would be erected at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 crore.
The Chief Minister said that the state government would provide all possible assistance to the company for realizing this project, as geothermal energy was a renewable source that minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. "The adoption of geothermal technology is useful in reducing carbon footprints, aligning with the state government’s goal to preserve the environment. I am hopeful that the first geothermal technology based CA store would be complete within a period of one year” Sh. Sukhu said.
In the times to come, additional geothermal technology based CA stores would be established in the Sutlej valley area, said the Chief Minister and directed to explore the possibilities of utilizing this new age technology for electricity generation in the state.
The chairman of the company Thomas Ottohansson provided insights into the project, underscoring the advantages of employing geothermal technology for the storage facility.
Deputy Chief Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri, Agriculture Minister, Chander Kumar, Industries Minister, Harshwardhan Chauhan, Revenue Minister, Jagat Singh Negi, Rural Development and Panchyati Raj Minister, Anirudh Singh, PWD Minister, Vikramaditya Singh, Ambassador of Iceland in India, Guoni Bragason, Chief Secretary, Probodh Saxena, Principal Secretary, Bharat Khera, Principal Secretary, RD Nazim, Secretary Horticulture, C. Paulrasu, Principal Private Secretary to the Chief Minister Vivek Bhatia, OSD Gopal Sharma, Managing Director HPSEBL, Harikesh Meena and other senior officers were also present on the occasion.