GE Power India Ltd has been awarded four orders by NTPC Ltd to supply and install wet FGD (flue gas desulphurization) systems for a combined value of Rs.1,783 crore ($247 million). The four power plant projects are:
The installation of GE Power’s Wet FGDs will take 33 months for the first unit and 39 months for the second unit from the date of award of the contract. GE’s scope includes design, engineering, civil work, supply, erection and commissioning of wet FGD systems along with auxiliaries like limestone and gypsum handling system and wet stack.
These new awards build on GE Power’s expertise in wet FGD systems with the recent completion of facilities and performance guarantee tests for wet FGD at NTPC’s Vindhyachal Stage V / Unit 13 (1×500-mw, Madhya Pradesh) thermal power plant and awarded contract for Wet FGD for NTPC’s 2×800-mw Telangana thermal power project earlier this year.
These six Wet FGDs together will treat more than 42 million cubic meters per hour of flue gas and will remove more than 540,000 tonnes of SO2 each year which will be converted into gypsum by-product for use in the construction industry.
According to Pascal Radue, General Manager, GE’s Global Steam Power – Clean Combustion Product Line, “With these new projects, our global installed base for Wet FGDs will get just under 70GW.”
The installation of these wet FGDs will help NTPC meet the new emission standards issued by the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Government of India, in December 2015 making it mandatory for thermal power plants in India to install FGD technology to reduceSO2 emissions.
(Note: The Meja Thermal Power Project is promoted by Meja Urja Nigam Pvt Ltd that is a joint venture between NTPC and state power generation utility Uttar Pradesh Rajya Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd.)
(Featured photograph courtesy: GE)