Alstom wins clean coal contracts

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Alstom has won three successive contracts worth over €400m to clean emissions from ten coal-fired power stations in the US states of Texas, Kentucky and South Carolina.

Alstom will supply emission control systems for eight new coal-fired 858MW generating units that will be built in Texas by utility TXU. Each system will control sulphur dioxide (SO2), particulate matter, and mercury emissions. According to Alstom, SO2 emissions from the new units will be 80% lower than the average US coal-fired power plant. The plants are scheduled to begin operation from 2009 onwards. This contract is worth €280m.

In Maysville, Kentucky, Alstom will supply an emissions control system for Unit 1 of East Kentucky Power Cooperative’s H.L. Spurlock Power Station. This order follows East Kentucky’s award earlier this year to Alstom for emission control equipment on Unit 2 at Spurlock. The order is valued at approximately €80m. The system will reduce sulphur dioxide and particulate emissions from the existing 340MW pulverised coal boiler. The new equipment is scheduled to commence commercial operation in 2009.


South Carolina

, in cooperation with AMEC and Zachry Construction, Alstom will supply an air quality control system to Cope Power Station for utility South Carolina Electric & Gas (SCE&G). The total order value is over €50m. The system will reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) from the existing 430MW pulverised coal boiler. The plant is scheduled to commence commercial operation in January 2009.