Foster Wheeler wins deal for FGD upgrades at Longview plant

Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) said Sept. 23 that a subsidiary of its Global Power Group’s Environmental and Industrial division has been awarded a contract by Longview Power LLC to rehabilitate and optimize the wet flue gas desulfurization system at a coal-fired plant in northern West Virginia.

The 700 MWe (net) Longview facility is located at Maidsville, West Virginia, just north of Morgantown. Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value will be included in the company’s third-quarter 2014 bookings.

Foster Wheeler said it will provide new components as well as engineering and installation services to optimize the performance of the existing dewatering and forced oxidation systems with the fuel currently being used by Longview. Foster Wheeler is also adding a dual flow tray in the absorber to increase the overall SO2 reduction capacity of the existing system to handle higher sulfur fuels that Longview anticipates receiving in the future. The plant largely uses coal from nearby mines operated by an affiliate. The outage work is expected to take place in the spring of 2015.

“Our recent acquisition of the former Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control technology has allowed us to consolidate all our air pollution control equipment within our Clean Air Technology Center located in Pittsburgh, PA to provide cost effective solutions for reducing air emissions from power plants and industrial facilities,” said Byron Roth, Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler’s Environmental and Industrial Group. “We engineer systems that are custom designed to meet increasingly more stringent air quality control regulations.”

Foster Wheeler is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment.

Longview Power is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it works to refinance itself.

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