(Belgrade, September 8, 2017) The largest thermal power plant in Serbia will get flue gas desulphurization plant since Electric Power Industry of Serbia and consortium led by the company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems have signed the contract for the construction of that system at Thermal Power Plant Nikola Tesla A. For the project by which EPS will improve the environmental protection in Serbia, the contract was signed by Milorad Grcic, Acting Director of EPS and Yasuo Fujitani, Senior Executive Vice President of the company Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, in the presence of Kazuyuki Nakane, State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan and Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy in Serbia, on September 8th in the Goverment of Serbia.
- Serious team work gave results and we start realization of the project that guarantees durability and survival of both thermal power plant and the whole power system in Serbia. This project will enable for TENT A to produce electricity according to modern European standards for the next 20 years. The desulphurization system in power plant in Obrenovac will represent the second project of that kind to be realized at EPS, since the first has been recently completed in TPP Kostolac B, said Grcic and gave thanks to the Japanese partners since Serbian companies will participate with large share in the project implementation.
Construction of the system for desulphurization on four units of TENT A will reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide by nine times in the biggest Serbian thermal power plant.
The contractual value of the equipment and the works for the construction of the plant for flue gas desulphurization at TENT A amounts to around EUR 167 million, and more than 50 percent of the works will be performed by the domestic companies. The deadline for completion of construction of the plant is 42 months.
- This is a significant day for the future of EPS and the total security and stability of our power system, which is to a great extent relied on the operation of thermal power plants and the usage of coal as power product. This imposes the need for Serbia to constantly modernize its systems and to adapt them to the highest environmental standards and at the same time to fulfill the commitments towards the Energy Community of South East Europe, as well as the obligations from the National Plan for Emission Reduction (NERP) – said Aleksandar Antic, Minister of Mining and Energy.
Antic pointed out that great part of the work in thermal power plants had already been done. The issue of particulate matter pollution is regulated by the electrostatic precipitators positioned at key thermal units, which will continue to operate even after 2023, and the issues regarding the desulphurization and denitrification of flue gases, which reduce emissions of sulfur and nitrogen oxides are being addressed.
- EPS has already invested around 200 million euros in the projects that solve the issues of emissions and significantly improve the environmental situation, but there are many big works forthcoming. EPS will invest around EUR 900 million in the environmental protection in thermal power plants in the period between 2017 and 2025–said Antic.
TENT in Obrenovac is the most significant segment of the Serbian power system because it generates half of electricity within the EPS system.
The system for desulphurization of flue gases in TENT A will be constructed for the units А3, А4, А5 and А6 applying the wet process technology with the limestone usage. The gypsum will be by-product that can be used in construction industry, and mixed with ash it can be used for the road construction. Consortium that will implement the project includes the Japanese corporation ITOCHU, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power System Europe with the seat in Germany and domestic company MPP Jedinstvo from Sevojno.