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MHPS in FGD system deal for Tesla coal plant

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) has won its first order in Serbia, where it will supply what it claims is one of the world’s largest flue gas desulfurization systems.

Two sets of FGD systems will be installed at the Nikola Tesla A coal-fired power plant. The systems will reduce sulphur dioxide (SO2) and particulates emissions to meet EU environmental standards.

The systems are scheduled to begin operations in the first half of 2021.MHPS in FGD system deal for Tesla coal plant

This is the first time MHPS has received an order for FGD systems from Serbia. It is also its second order for a coal-fired power plant in the Western Balkans, following a deal for similar systems at the Ugljevik power plant, which is under construction in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Nikola Tesla A plant is operated by Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) and consists of six units with a total generating capacity of 1720 MW.

It is located around 40 km southwest of Belgrade and is Serbia’s largest power plant. The newly-ordered two sets of FGD systems whose flue gas desulfurization capacity is 650 MW each are to be installed in units 3 through 6, which have a total output of 1300 MW.

The projectis being financed by the Japanese Official Development Assistant organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

MHPS, supported by its European subsidiary based in Duisburg, Germany, will be responsible for project management, design, supplying main systems and dispatching technical advisors for installation.

The plant uses lignite coal as a fuel, which has higher levels of sulphur and lower caloric value compared with other coal types.

MHPS says the installation of its FGD systems will reduce emissions of SO2 by 97 per cent, enabling a SO2 level lower than the 200mg/Nm3, in compliance with the European Industrial Emissions Directive. 

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