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K&C Valley (IND)

Combined heat and power plant harnesses sewage gas to generate greener power in India

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The Indian government has overseen a major improvement in the scientific treatment of waste. As part of this effort, an autonomous water supply and sanitation utility in South India has complemented several water supply and sewage projects for the city of Bangalore, including the prestigious K&C Valley sewage treatment plant, which has the capacity to treat 60 million liters of sewage per day.

Over the years, the sewage treatment plant faced rising energy costs associated with meeting discharge permit requirements. To combat those costs, it was decided to initiate a project to harness the power of the site's sewage gas.

A greener solution

A new combined heat and power (CHP) plant was commissioned in January 2018 to put the sewage gas to work generating greener energy that could run the sewage treatment plant. Because the plant sits 900 meters above sea level, a highly efficient power generation solution that could deliver excellent performance even at high altitude was needed. Key to the 1,067 kWel power plant's success is INNIO's proven Jenbacher J320 engine, which runs on sewage gas to generate power for the plant and recovers the exhaust flue gas waste heat for use in the plant's wastewater treatment process.

VA Tech WABAG, an Indian multinational company focused on water treatment for municipal and industrial users, has long employed INNIO's Jenbacher technology in its projects. VA Tech WABAG operates the new CHP plant, which was designed, supplied, installed, and commissioned by Clarke Energy, a global business specializing in distributed power plant solutions and INNIO's authorized Jenbacher distributor in the region. Clarke Energy provides 24/7 operation and maintenance services for the plant.


The K&C Valley sewage treatment plant treated on average 41.83 million liters of water per day between the period of May 2018 and July 2022, and the facility's CHP plant provided the power and heat needed for those operations, offsetting the need to buy power from the grid The plant also plans to sell excess power to the grid in the future.

By converting city waste into renewable fuel, which is part of the short-term carbon cycle, the project has delivered additional environmental benefits to the community through its crucial role in protecting and rejuvenating the lakes in the region.

Customer benefits

The K&C Valley sewage treatment plant is greatly benefiting from the Jenbacher-driven CHP plant:

  • Energy savings of about 40% compared to separate power and heat generation 
  • Proven performance operating on a renewable energy source -sewage gas
  • High availability compared to other solutions
  • A greener solution that significantly reduces CO2 emissions
  • Service team with fast response for spare parts and repairs as needed


Bangalore, India

Installed engine

 1 x J320

Electrical output

 1,067 kW

Thermal output

 1,150 kW

Total efficiency


Energy source

Sewage gas




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