Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEK), a world leader in advanced engineering solutions for combustion and emissions control systems for utility and industrial applications, today announced it was awarded the largest air pollution control contract in its history. The $36.6 million order, placed by E.CL S.A., a major utility in Chile, includes turnkey installation of Low NOx Burners (LNBs) and Over-Fire Air (OFA) systems and mill modernization for six coal-fired units. Equipment deliveries are scheduled to commence during the first quarter of 2013, with project completion occurring during the third quarter of 2014.
Fuel Tech’s burner technologies are a cost-effective way to reduce nitrogen oxide (NO x) emissions and solve combustion problems in coal, gas or oil combustion systems. Fuel Tech’s OFA systems reduce NO x formation by diverting air from the burner zone to the upper furnace for enhanced combustion staging. Low NO x Burners limit the formation of thermal NO x and control how the fuel bound nitrogen is released.
“We have consciously expanded our international presence to achieve both growth and regulatory diversification in our air pollution control business. We have strategically focused on key geographic markets and are thrilled to be announcing an order of this magnitude,” commented Douglas G. Bailey, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In terms of installed capacity, E.CL S.A. is a major electric generator in Chile and is the main electricity provider in the country’s northern energy grid. In this instance, E.CL is upgrading its combustion systems to reduce NO x emissions below 500 mg/m 3 in order to comply with the new Chilean environmental law signed by the President of the Republic of Chile on January 18, 2011. French-Belgian electric company GDF Suez S.A., a global leader in independent power generation, holds a majority controlling stake in E.CL.”
Mr. Bailey concluded, “We are pleased to be partnering with a customer of this size and caliber. This contract award represents our second LNB project in Chile and demonstrates our global reach and combustion capabilities. With our industry-leading suite of air pollution control products and services, we believe we are well positioned to compete for additional opportunities for combustion optimization in the domestic and international markets.”