India’s NTPC and Tata Chemicals have selected GE Power to upgrade two existing coal-fired boilers with its low nitrogen oxide (NOx) firing system.

The technology will help NTPC and Tata Chemicals reduce NOx emissions by nearly 40% from current levels at the two plants.

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As per the terms of the contract, GE Power will be installing NOx technology at NTPC’s 2×490 thermal plant in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, and the 136 TPH Boiler Tata project in Mithapur, Gujarat.

"The success of these projects will benchmark the technology and technical specifications for future low NOx firing system modification in India."

GE Power India managing director Andrew DeLeone said: “This is the first order by any utility or industrial company in India for the firing system modification to reduce the NOx generation at the primary source of combustion boilers.

“The success of these projects will benchmark the technology and technical specifications for future low NOx firing system modification in India.

“For India, where coal is and will remain the energy mainstay for a long time, GE’s state-of-the-art technology can play a major role in making the thermal power plants efficient and environmentally friendly.”

India, which is the third largest electricity producer in the world, generates the majority of its power using coal.

According to the company, the implementation of low NOx boiler technology could help the country to reduce NOx by nearly 50% from the current level.

GE Steam Power Clean Combustion general manager Pascal Radue said: “We have more than 20 years of expertise with this technology and it’s in use in 1,200 units around the world today, that’s the equivalent of 480GW.

“As countries have implemented stringent emission standards, we’ve been able to help our customers by delivering the right technology in a way that minimises the disruption an outage can have on their operations. We’ll use that same experience to help our customers in India.”