India's L&T wins DVC deals as Modi government eyes SO2 emission cuts
L&T will install flue gas desulphurisation systems at three Bengal plants as the Indian government mandates anti-SO2 revamps
The power business of Indian contractor Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has secured engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) orders from Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) to set up flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) systems in West Bengal as the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government seeks to cut sulphur dioxide (SO2) emissions in the country.
The power plants that L&T will build include the Durgapur Steel Thermal (2x500 MW), Mejia Thermal (2x500 MW), and Raghunathpur Thermal (2x600 MW) stations.
The contracts come after the installation of FGD systems in existing and upcoming thermal power plants was made mandatory by the Indian government’s Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change to cut SO2 emissions and boost environmental efficiencies.
The Indian government has set a deadline of December 2022 for existing thermal power plants to be revamped.
Commenting on the orders, chief executive officer and managing director of L&T's power business, Shailendra Roy, said: “L&T is fully equipped to provide solutions for sulphur oxides and nitrogen oxide to its clients.
"Considering the deadline endorsed by the Apex Court, other power plants will have to hasten the process of FGD award to meet the scheduled time-frame.
“L&T will continue to play a significant role in this market of sulphur oxide and nitrogen oxide reduction.”