Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems has started building what will be one of the world’s largest flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems.

The system at the Nikola Tesla A coal-fired power plant in Serbia will reduce sulphur dioxide and particulates emissions to meet EU environmental standards and is scheduled to be operational in the first half of 2021. MHPS said that its FGD systems will cut SO2 emissions by 97 per cent, enabling a SO2 level lower than the 200mg/Nm3, in compliance with the European Industrial Emissions Directive.

“The FGD installation is an important milestone in Serbia’s efforts to protect the environment,” said Thomas Bohner, chief executive of MHPS’ subsidiary in Duisburg, Germany.

The system consists of two absorbers, each with a flue gas desulfurization capacity of 650 MW. They serve units 3 through 6, which have a total output of 1300 MW.

For the project, MHPS will lead a consortium comprising Itochu Corporation and Serbian construction firm MPP Jedinstvo.