MHI to License Flue-gas Desulfurization Technologies to BHEL, India's Largest
Heavy Electricals Manufacturer
Unprecedented Move into this Indian Market by a Japanese Company
Tokyo, Apr 4, 2013 - (JCN Newswire) - On April 3 Mitsubishi Heavy Industries,
Ltd. (MHI) concluded an agreement with Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. (BHEL), a
state-owned heavy electrical equipment manufacturer based in New Delhi, India,
under which MHI will license its flue-gas desulfurization technologies to BHEL.
The licensing agreement covers MHI's EPC (engineering, procurement and
construction) technologies for limestone/gypsum-based and seawater-based
flue-gas desulfurization systems for coal-fired boilers used in power
generation applications and for industrial boilers. The event marks the first
time a Japanese company is to provide flue-gas desulfurization technologies to
a licensee in India.
Flue-gas desulfurization systems clean the flue gas emitted during the
combustion of coal and other fuels by removing the sulfur dioxide (SOx)
contained in such gas. MHI's desulfurization technology is distinguished
by the adoption of a liquid column tower that improves the efficiency of
contact between the flue gas and the absorption liquid, resulting in
outstanding SOx absorption performance*.
BHEL has been eager to introduce advanced desulfurization technologies ahead
of India's anticipated tightening of the country's environmental
regulations going forward, 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 desulfurization equipment is expected. The aims
of the two companies have thus meshed in the conclusion of the licensing
In India, today more than 60 percent of the country's electric power,
approximately 100 gigawatts (GW), is produced by firing coal. But in tandem
with economic development, in its 12th Five Year Plan (2012 - 17) India plans
to introduce additional coal-fired power plants to generate some 80GW more.
Presently the country's SOx regulations have not come fully into force and
installations of flue-gas desulfurization equipment are limited. However, as
India's air pollution problems are becoming increasingly serious, moves
toward tightening the nation's environmental regulations are under way,
and demand for flue-gas desulfurization equipment is expected to expand.
BHEL is India's largest heavy electrical equipment manufacturer, with 14
factories in its domestic network. The company's business portfolio spans
from the manufacture and supply of such diverse equipment and facilities as
boilers, steam turbines, gas turbines, hydraulic turbines, power generators and
power transmission facilities, to construction of power plants on a
full-turnkey basis. BHEL enjoys an overwhelming share in its domestic market
for thermal power generation equipment. It also has a favorable relationship
with MHI, as illustrated by MHI's licensing in 2007 of technology relating
to the various pumps used in thermal power plants.
MHI first achieved commercial viability of a process for treating flue gas
emitted by thermal power plants back in 1972. Since then, the company has
amassed a track record of more than 220 deliveries of its flue-gas
desulfurization equipment worldwide.
By licensing its technologies to BHEL under the new agreement, MHI looks to
strengthen its ability to respond to India's market needs and, going
forward, to expand its business in the quickly growing Indian flue-gas
desulfurization equipment market all the more aggressively.
Note: In the liquid column tower method, limestone slurry is sprayed upward
from the lower area of an absorption tower. Twice - on ascending and again on
descending – the slurry liquid makes contact with the flue gas, causing a
reaction whereby the SO2 content is removed. In addition to featuring a simpler
structure than conventional systems, this method enables outstanding SO2
About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one
of the world's leading heavy machinery manufacturers, with consolidated
sales of 2,820.9 billion yen in fiscal 2011, the year ended March 31, 2012.
MHI's diverse lineup of products and services encompasses shipbuilding,
power plants, chemical plants, environmental equipment, steel structures,
industrial and general machinery, aircraft, space rocketry and air-conditioning
systems. For more information, please visit the MHI website at www.mhi.co.jp.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
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