Steam Managemaent is an arrangement wherein the external agency such as Biofuels Junction Pvt. Ltd. (BJPL) operates the boiler of the company and the billing is done on the basis of quantity of steam produced. Thus all the inputs required for steam generation such as fuels (briquettes, pellets, wood chips or processed agro waste), manpower, maintenance etc is managed by the agency. This methodology of boiler operation is finding wider acceptance among the corporates such as Ceat Tyers Ltd, Sun Pharma Ltd, United Breweries Ltd etc as this falls beyond their core work. While the agency such as BJPL, this (boiler management and briquettes supply) is core work. BJPL also partners with engineering consultants who expertise in boiler design and operation.
Steam production quantity is measured with the help of steam flow meter or input water quantity (if meter not available). This augurs well for both the parties – For the company it relieves them of the non-core work and coordination work for fuel supply whereas for the operator it gives them visibility for supplying planning through the contract period. Quality issues get addressed automatically as poor quality may result into scantier steam generation and hence more fuel to be burnt for getting the requisite quantity of steam.
Why Steam contracts are beneficial for companies.
Uninterrupted steam supply at pre-decided rates throughout the year.
Insulation from volatility in fuel prices during off season and monsoons.
Saving of manpower and man hours in coordination for fuel supply and quality
Primary information required for steam contract
Quantum of steam required and pressure levels required.
Type of biomass fuel suited (Granule, Fibrous etc)
Type of firing system (Manual or Auto) and space allocation, Inventory space.
Historical Steam to Fuel Ratio and daily steam load and pressure requirement.