Work on a flue gas desulfurization (FGD) systems in the Nikola Tesla A coal-fired power plant (TENT A) in Obrenovac, Serbia, has started. The goal is to reduce sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. The Serbian minister of mining and energy Aleksandar Antić expects work to be finished by the end of 2022.
The EUR 167 million project will help reduce SO2 emissions nine times, from about 74,000 tons to 7,800 tons per year, and enable Serbia to meet EU environmental standards, Antić said.
TENT A will produce 10.000 GWh per year, which is about 30 percent of Serbia’s total electric energy production. This project will help Serbia’s energy system to be even safer, reads the Ministry statement issued after the initial meeting related to the project.
Representatives of the Mitshubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) and Serbian public power utility Elektroprivreda Srbije (EPS) were attending this meeting in Obrenovac. MHPS and EPS representatives signed the agreement on the construction of the desulfurization plant on 9 September in Belgrade.
For this project, MHPS will serve as leader of a consortium together with Itochu Corporation and MPP Jedinstvo a.d. (JDS), a Serbian construction firm.
Hideto Kawata from the MHPS Consortium said that Mitshubishi is also interested in participating in the TENT B project. A guarantee for this 2018 has been already provided.
As for TENT A, desulfurization has to start from 2023, said Antić.
In 2015, Serbia approved a plan to cut greenhouse gas emissions 9.8 percent by 2030.
This project is part of the overall effort of the Serbian government and EPS to help Serbian energy market to compensate for the period when investments were scarce, and to improve ecology standards, all due to the improvement of the country’s energy capacities, the Ministry said in a statement.
The project is being implemented within the framework of an agreement between the Government of Serbia and the Government of Japan, on the basis of which a loan agreement for financing the project was signed between EPS and the Japanese Agency for International Cooperation.
The flue gas desulphurisation system in Obrenovac will be built for four blocks of TENT A.