Pumps and industrial valves maker KSB Ltd India has bagged an order worth Rs 100 crore for the supply of slurry re-circulation pumps to be installed across 10 NTPC sites in the country. The deliveries of the pumps begin from this month and they will be installed in FGD units at power plants, which will have a total generation capacity of 166GW in the coming years, KSB Ltd India Managing Director Rajeev Jain said.
The Flue Gas Desulphurisation(FGD) unit is used to lower emissions of gases known to cause lung diseases.
Power plants were asked to install FGD units, which cut emissions of sulphur dioxides, in a phased manner. In all 440 coal-fired plants that produce 166.5 GW have to comply with the regulation by December 2020.
“The countries all over the world have already installed FGD plants and in India it has come a bit late. Now due to the Supreme Court directive that all these thermal power plants have to install the FGD units before December 2022, every body (in the industry) have to gear up within this short period of three years,” Jain said.
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) is the main-end user who are going to use these pumps, for which the company has received order worth Rs 100 crore, he said.
“Though the process is relatively new, the implementation of industrial pollution norms has been gaining momentum in India in the last few years. We have managed to bag orders for slurry re-circulation pumps for a large number of power plants in a short span of time,” Jain added.
KSB foresees a huge surge for slurry re-circulation pumps for FGD systems in India up to 2022 considering the government’s support for stringent industrial emission norms, he said, adding “we are quite upbeat about this new business in the country.”