Alstom, the French power engineering and train company, said on Monday that it had signed contracts worth $317m globally to install Air Quality Control Systems in power plants in Taiwan, USA and Saudi Arabia.
As environmental regulations increasingly become more stringent across the world, fuelled by the rise in the number of coal fired power plants across Europe and North America, the demand for AQCS continues to grow rapidly.
In addition, the surge in power plant development in Asian countries, a response to their burgeoning populations and economies, has led to increased demand for AQCS in that region as well.
“We are seeing sustained growth in the environmental control systems business. These latest contracts demonstrate the competitive edge of Alstom in the ACQS field, on a global scale,” said Andreas Lusch, senior vice president of Alstom’s Steam Business.
In Saudi Arabia, an Alstom – Cerrey SA de CV consortium has been awarded a contract to supply boilers and air quality control equipment for the Ras Tanura Integrated project.
The contract has been awarded by Fluor Transworld Services, the company responsible for building the petrochemical complex for Sadara Chemical, a joint venture between Dow Chemical and Saudi Aramco.
The complex, said to be the world’s largest, will comprise of 30 world-scale production plants.
While Cerrey SA de CV is responsible for the design, fabrication and delivery of 6x80MW oil and gas fired boilers, Alstom will be responsible for the air quality control systems. The AQCS will consist of a Selective Catalyst Reducer and a NID flue gas desulphurization system for each boiler.
The AQCS aims to reduce sulphur emissions by 95%, nitrous oxide emissions by close to 90% and almost completely eliminate particulate material emissions. Alstom owns 25% of Cerrey SA de CV and the VU-60 type boilers that are being supplied for this project are licensed from Alstom.
In addition, the French company has also signed a contract in Taiwan to supply AQCS packages for the 3x800MW, coal fired Linkou Renewal Plant being developed by the Taiwan Power Company.
In the United States, Alstom has been awarded a contract by a joint venture between the construction firm Kiewit Power Constructors Energy Co and the engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, for the supply of Dry Flue Gas Desulphurization systems, including Fabric Filters for two coal fired units. The units are expected to reach commercial operation by 2014.