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Alstom wins air-quality-control orders

By Gerald Ondrey |

Alstom (Paris, France; www.power.alstom.com) has been awarded two contracts worth a total of over €100 million in India and Saudi Arabia. Growing concern over climate change, combined with ever stricter environmental regulations and compliance deadlines, have increased international demand for air quality control systems in power plants. Alstom has signed a contract worth approximately €40 million as subcontractor of Chinese EPC contractor SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corp. for the design, supply and installation of two 660 MW seawater fluegas desulfurization (FGD) systems at units 1 & 2 of a new oil-fired Rabigh power plant currently being built in Saudi Arabia. Alstom’s technology uses no chemicals, only seawater and air, to remove 97% of sulphur dioxide from the plant, allowing the plant to conform to the country’s environmental requirements. The power plant is owned by a consortium of Saudi Arabian companies Acwa (40% ownership) Kepco (40%) and SEC (Saudi Electricity Corp.; 20%) and is due to be commissioned from 2012 onwards.   Alstom also landed a contract of approximately €70 million signed with Hindalco Industries, Ltd. in India. Under the terms of this contract, Alstom will…
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