Alstom to supply coal-fired boilers to USA

Alstom has been awarded a contract worth more than EUR 142 million by East Kentucky Power Cooperative Inc. (EKPC) to design, supply and build a 268mw, coal-fired circulating fluid bed (CFB) boiler at the utility’s H.L. Spurlock Power Station near Maysville, Kentucky, USA. EKPC will break ground on the project in February, with commercial operation scheduled for late 2004. The new boiler – to be named the E.A. Gilbert Unit – will be the third generating unit at the plant. Alstom’s scope of work includes design and supply of the CFB boiler and associated auxiliary equipment, design and supply of the gas cleaning equipment, and erection. The new CFB boiler will provide the Spurlock plant with greater operating flexibility and efficiency, while minimising sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions through the use of in-furnace combustion control techniques. To control emissions further, the plant design will also include Alstom’s Flash Dryer Absorber (FDA) system, an emissions control technology that will make this CFB one of the cleanest burning coal-fired boilers in the United States. The FDA system, which integrates several key flue gas desulphurisation functions into one unit, will allow the Gilbert Unit to achieve nearly 98% sulphur dioxide removal. CONTACT: G. Tourvieille/S.Gagneraud, +33 1 47 55 23 15; Lynne Anderson, +46 122 81 700.

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