Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is to license its flue-gas desulfurisation technologies to Bharat Heavy Electricals – the first time a Japanese company has signed such a deal with a licensee in India.

The agreement covers MHI’s engineering, procurement and construction technologies for coal-fired boilers used in power generation and for industrial boilers.

New Delhi-based Bharat Heavy – India’s largest heavy electrical equipment manufacturer – has been looking to introduce advanced desulfurisation technologies ahead of the Indian government’s anticipated tightening of environmental regulations, in order to secure a leading position within this market.

Meanwhile, MHI has been looking to secure a foothold into the Indian market, where rapid growth in desulfurisation equipment is expected.

Currently, more than 60 per cent of India’s electric power comes from coal power and the country has plans to introduce yet more plants.

The country’s SOx regulations have not fully come into force and as such installations of flue-gas desulfurisation equipment are limited. However, this is set to change as India’s air pollution problems become more serious and moves to tighten the nation’s environmental regulations are under way.