GE has completed advanced boiler modernisation projects at the coal-fired plant Elektrárna Pocerady and the coal-fired Melník I power plant, operated by Energotrans, both from CEZ Group. These modifications reduced the power plants’ nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions by approximately 60%.
“The refurbishment of the Melník I power plant guarantees Prague, Neratovice and Melník reliable long-term deliveries of heat generated in an environmentally sound manner,” said Miroslav Krpec, CEO of Energotrans. “Citizens of Prague and the Central Bohemian Region quickly benefitted from cleaner air as we brought the modernised equipment into operation in stages throughout 2015.”
GE modernised four, 200 MW pulverised coal. The combined value of the upgrade projects was approximately €47 million.
“Over a period of only six days, at the Pocerady power plant we gradually increased the output of each boiler from 130 to 190 MW to ensure everything worked properly. Each boiler passed demanding stress tests and we are very satisfied with the performance of the new equipment and the project execution of the GE team,” said Jirí Kulhánek, CEO of the Elektrárna Pocerady power plant of the CEZ Group.
“We are very proud to have helped our customers significantly improve their environmental performance and local air quality to the benefit of the health of local residents and the wider environment, earlier than required under the European rules.” said Pascal Schweitzer, General Manager of GE’s Power Services business in Europe. “As a result of our acquisition of the former Alstom Power business, GE now has a wider range of smart, proven technologies to reduce power plant emissions and help power producers to meet Europe’s demanding emissions standards.”
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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