Paris, November 18, 2010 – Alstom has won contracts worth more than $54.4 million in India and Vietnam, further strengthening its leadership in environmental control systems for power plants.
Alstom has an installed base of air quality control systems with over 100,000 MW of wet, seawater and dry flue gas desulphurization systems and more than 40 years experience in the field.
FGD systems remove sulfur dioxide released from coal-fired power plants. Alstom’s advanced seawater FGD systems boast a minimum of 90 percent efficiency, helping new and existing power plants cut emissions.
Recently introduced regulations on pollutants are fueling the growth of the air quality control systems market worldwide. This trend is set to continue due to the large number of installed coal-fired power plants in North America and Europe, and the numerous new fossil-fired power plants being built in Asia, particularly in India and China, in response to high demand in these fast growing economies.
Andreas Lusch, Senior Vice President at Alstom Power, said: “We are seeing sustained growth in the environmental control systems business. These latest contracts are further proof that utilities and industrial customers worldwide value our world-leading air quality control solutions”
Alstom has won a contract, booked in the last days of the second quarter of the 2010/2011 fiscal year, from EDAC Engineering Limited to supply four 300 MW units of seawater FGD for Ratnagiri power plant, owned and operated by JSW Energy Limited.
In June 2010, JSW Energy, the power branch of Indian business conglomerate JSW Group, decided to go-ahead with the commission the first phase (300 MW) of its 1,200 MW Ratnagiri power plant. JSW decided to install a flue gas desulfurization plant at Ratnagiri due to the power plant’s location in an ecologically sensitive region.
Alstom is India’s leading environmental control systems provider with 3 GWs worth of orders, accounting for about 50 percent market share. Alstom has a long-standing relationship with the JSW Group and has supplied electrostatic precipitators to JSW Steel, the Group’s flagship company that manufactures steel, for several projects.
The 1,244 MW Vinh Tan 2 power plant (composed of two 622 MW units) annually supplies 7.5-8 billion KWh of electricity. Shanghai Electric has awarded Alstom an engineering and procurement contract for a seawater FGD system for Vinh Tan 2 that will remove 90 percent of sulfur oxide emissions.
Under the terms of the contract, booked in the third quarter of the 2010/2011 fiscal year, Alstom will design and supply all main equipment and components, provide site advisory services for the unit’s erection, as well as manage the unit’s commissioning and performance testing. Shanghai Electric will be responsible for the construction of the steel structure, electric system, balance of plant and unit erection.
Vietnam’s electricity demand has seen growth rates of around 16 percent per year. This trend is set to continue as the country continues its fast economic growth. Demand for electricity is growing faster than new generation capacity causing power outages, which will continue unless new capacity is added quickly. In parallel, strict new environmental regulations have been introduced that set strict limits on emissions for the country’s power plants.
Alstom’s experience and global presence means it is able to complete the project on time, enabling Vinh Tan 2 to meet Vietnam’s sulfur dioxide emission limits, bringing cleaner power to Vietnam’s grid, quickly.