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FLSmidth wins coal-handling project in India

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FLSmidth has been awarded a contract worth approximately € 35 million (DKK260 million) from Coastal Gujarat Power Ltd - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Tata Power Company Ltd - for the supply and construction of a coal handling system for the company's Ultra Mega Power Plant project in the state of Gujarat, India. Tata Power Company Ltd is India's largest private power utility.

The scope of supply includes a complete coal handling system to convey coal from a jetty to a stockpile and from there to the power plant. The system has a 6800 tph stockpiling capacity and 4500 tph reclaiming capacity. Apart from one of the world's largest bucket wheel stacker-reclaimers for coal, the system also includes a series of conveyors of high speed and high capacity. FLSmidth has previously received two material handling orders from the Tata Power Company Ltd. The first came in 2006 and was followed by another in 2008.


Operations in Mumbai

In December 2008, the 1.54 km coal handling system supplied by FLSmidth began operations in Mumbai, India. At that time, this was India’s most sophisticated, efficient and environmently-friendly system, including a continuous ship unloader (CSU) and pipe conveyors. The project demonstrated Tata’s commitment to high-level technology and social responsibility.

Tata Power has a total installed generating capacity of over 2300 MW in the form of thermal, solar, hydro and wind energy plants. In Mumbai, Tata Power operates a 1330 MW thermal power station at Trombay. Tata Power was planning to install two more units of 250 MW each to cater for Mumbai City’s increasing demand. Besides, it wanted to ensure that all the units are compatible for the coal-based system. Due to governmental regulations, it was necessary to install an environmentally friendly system for unloading coal at the power plant’s jetty and conveying it to and from the stockyard. Tata Power had been working on these requirements for more than a decade, before deciding to work with FLSmidth to install a cutting edge and environmentally friendly system that meets the stringent regulations and is still competitive.

Tata Power

Tata Power is one of the 27 publicly listed companies of the Tata Group and is India’s largest private sector power utility, with a presence in generation, transmission, distribution and trading. The company was established in 1906 to supply power to Mumbai city. The order will contribute beneficially to FLSmidth's earnings until completion in late 2010.

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