ALSTOM ParticipatES in mercury pilot project at Poplar River Station in Canada

SASKATCHEWAN, Canada, Dec. 29, 2004 — ALSTOM is now taking part in the Emissions Control Research Facility (ECRF) operating at Saskatchewan Power’s Poplar River Station. The ECRF has been recently commissioned to study the effect of dedicated mercury control technologies on boilers combusting lignite fuels.

This project aims to study the impact of different sorbents, injection technologies and techniques, air pollution control configurations and operational approaches that can affect mercury removal efficiency. The project will also evaluate new technologies that offer performance enhancement of sorbent injection on lignite-fired utility boilers.

The project is ultimately aimed at the application of commercial technologies for this segment of the market, in response to developing provincial regulations in Canadaand emerging federal and state regulations in the United States to control air emissions of mercury from coal-fired power plants.

Project participants include ALSTOM, Energy and Environmental Research Center and Saskatchewan Power. The project is supported by numerous public and private agencies in both Canada and the United States including: Sustainable Development Canada, US Department of Energy, Electric Power Research Institute, Luscar, CANMET, The North Dakota Industrial Commission, Otter Tail Power Company

Basin Electric Power Cooperative, Minnkota Power Cooperative and Montana-Dakota Utilities.

Initial testing has already begun at the facility and is expected to continue until the end of 2005.


ALSTOM is a global leader in power generation and rail transport infrastructure. The Company serves the energy market through its activities in the field of power generation and the transport market through its activities in rail and marine. ALSTOM’s annual sales are around €14 billion. It employs 71,000 people in over 70 countries worldwide.

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