First FGD Gypsum at RTU Ugljevik power plant

First FGD Gypsum at RTU Ugljevik power plant

Last month, December 2019, the first FGD gypsum was produced by the new desulfurization plant, built by MHPS-E, at the RTU thermal power plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The commissioning of the desulfurization plant also initiated the commissioning of the FGD Gypsum silo that ESI Eurosilo completed earlier last year. As the commissioning was very successful, we’re finalizing the project.

Clean air as a must

As the Ugljevik thermal power plant dates from 1985, the outdated environmental safety standards of the power plant needed drastic improvement in order to comply with the European norms. In fact, clean air in a densely populated region is a ‘license to operate’ for another 25 years or more. For MHPS-E the assignment was to provide a state-of-the-art desulfurization plant that would reduce the emission by a whopping 98%. With the new equipment in place, the emission is almost zero.

Space saving concept

ESI project manager Jan-Willem Hanskamp explains: “Integrating a new desulfurization plant in an existing power plant site, means that there is very limited space for logistic solutions to store the produced FGD gypsum. This is one of the main reasons that MHSP-E chose to work with the ESI Eurosilo system in Ugljevik. The all-in-one FGD Gypsum silo integrates dewatering on top, storage with a slotted column inside to reclaim the stored material and truck loading underneath.”

Build-in redundancy

On request of MHPS-E we have implemented a high level of redundancy in the silo control. The system has a redundant power supply. This is to maximize the availability and to meet the overall power plant standards. The electrical engineers of ESI investigated and implemented this system into the electrical MCC. The FGD Eurosilo is ready to take on the high output of the desulfurization plant at the upgraded Ugljevik thermal power plant.