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First fluegas desulfurisation system supplied to a West Balkans coal plant

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World Coal,

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Ltd (MHPS) has signed a supply contract for the first fluegas desulfurisation (FGD) system in the West Balkans for Ugljevik thermal coal-fired power plant, located in the Republic of Srpska – one of the two constituent entities of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

For the FGD construction project, MHPS, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (MHPS-EDE, Duisburg, Germany) and RUDIS d.o.o. (Slovenia) formed a consortium and received the order from Elekroprivreda of Republika Srpska. The FGD plant will be installed in Ugljevik thermal power plant, which has a capacity of approximately 300 MW, equal to one-fourth of the total electrical generation capacity for Republika Srpska.

The FGD construction project for Ugljevik was preceded under a Japanese ODA loan to reduce sulfur dioxide and particulates that pollute the air. According to MHPS in a media release, this will improve the environment, protect the health of residents in the area and contribute toward achieving the environmental standards required for joining the EU in the future.

The plant is scheduled to start commercial operations in July 2019.

In the Ugljevik project, MHPS is responsible for basic engineering and delivery of the main components, MHPS-EDE for delivery of components procured in Europe and Rudis for civil and installation works, including permitting at the job site.

Ugljevik thermal power plant started commercial operations in 1985 and emits high levels of sulfur dioxide because it uses lignite coal, which contains high sulfur content and has a low heat generation rate. Installation of the FGD plant will enable reductions of 99% of sulfur dioxide and achieve a sulfur dioxide level lower than 200 mg/Nm3, which complies with the European "Industrial Emission Directive" (IED).

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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