GE Power has won a $247m deal to supply wet flue gas desulphurization technology to four coal plants in India.

According to GE, this technology will help Indian power company NTPC remove more than half a million tonnes of SO2 a year. “This is an important milestone in the country’s progress towards lowering the environmental footprint of its’ thermal power plants,” said Andrew H. DeLeone, managing director of GE Power India.

The deal for the four plants – Solapur, Tanda, Feroze Gandhi Unchahar and Meja – comes after GE completed Wet FGD tests at two other NTPC plants. In a statement, GE said that all six plants would treat more than 42 million cubic meters per hour of flue gas and will remove more than 540,000 tonnes of SO2 a year, which will be converted into gypsum by-product for use in the construction industry.

The installation of the Wet FGDs will help NTPC meet new emission standards issued by the Indian government in 2015, which made it mandatory for thermal power plants to install FGD technology to reduce SO2 emissions.

DeLeone added: “NTPC is clearly leading the industry in adoption of emission-control equipment to comply with new emission standards, which is an encouraging sign.”  

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