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Alstom Wins International Air Quality Control Orders

Posted on November 12, 2009

Alstom, a world leader in air quality control systems for the power industry, has been awarded two contracts worth a total of over US$150 million in India and Saudi Arabia to provide an answer to concerns over air pollution.

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.

Knowing this, Alstom recently signed a contract worth approximately US$60 million, as subcontractor of Chinese EPC contractor SEPCO III Electric Power Construction Corp. for the design, supply and installation of two 660 MW seawater FGD systems at units 1 and 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 including Acwa (40% ownership), Kepco (40%) and SEC (Saudi Electricity Corporation; 20%), and is due to be commissioned from 2012 onwards.

Alstom’s leadership in air quality control also extends to industries outside the power sector, as demonstrated by a contract of approximately US$105 million signed with Hindalco Industries Ltd in India. Under the terms of this contract, Alstom will design, engineer, supply, install and commission gas treatment plants at the Mahan and Aditya aluminium smelters in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. The plants, due onstream in early 2012, will capture, filter and recycle corrosive gas produced by the smelters, notably hydrogen fluoride, improving the quality of the air and thus conforming to Indian environmental requirements.

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