US-based GE Power has completed its first turnkey full flow wet flue gas desulphurisation (WFGD) unit at National Thermal Power’s (NTPC’s) 500MW super thermal power project site in Vindhyachal, Madhya Pradesh, India.

The installation of FGD at super-thermal power project site in Vindhyachal is said to be the first limestone-based WFGD that has been commissioned in an NTPC power plant suitable for continuous operation at the 500MW unit for 100% gas flow.

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For the project, GE Power delivered the WFGD system for the 500MW pulverised coal-fired boiler unit on a full turnkey basis that included designing, engineering, manufacturing, testing, civil works, erection and commissioning.

“The successful completion of the trial operation of this turnkey full flow FGD system puts GE Power in a unique position in the country.”

GE Power India managing director Andrew DeLeone said: “World over, the economics of power generation have become tighter and regulations have become even stricter. As India strives to attain the right mix of fuel sources to meet increasing demand and emissions goals, curbing SO2 emissions is a foremost priority.

“FGDs will play an instrumental role in transforming power plants to reduce their environmental impact. It is a proud moment for GE to be associated with this project and with NTPC, a customer we deeply value.

“The successful completion of the trial operation of this turnkey full flow FGD system puts GE Power in a unique position in the country as India gears-up to implement DeSOx solutions in an installed base in excess of 150GW.”

GE Power has been offering solutions for cleaner power generation from coal through its air quality control systems, which have been designed to reduce the atmospheric emissions.