Calgon to supply activated carbon for retrofitted Weston 3 coal unit

Calgon Carbon Japan (CCJ), a subsidiary of Calgon Carbon Corp. (NYSE: CCC), announced Dec. 10 the recent finalization of contracts with Mitsui & Co. Plant Systems Ltd. to supply pelletized activated carbon.

CCJ’s activated carbon products, which will be manufactured at its Fukui, Japan, facility, will be distributed by Mitsui to Wisconsin Public Service Corp. (WPS) for the control of SO2, NOx and mercury from the exhaust flow of Unit 3 at the Weston power plant located near Wausau, Wisconsin.

The agreement calls for CCJ’s products to be optimally sized and activated to meet the requirements of WPS’s newly-installed ReACT (Regenerative Activated Coke Technology) multi-emission control system. This represents the first use of activated carbon pellets for this type of application in the United States. Product shipments from CCJ commenced in July 2015.

“We’re pleased to be selected by Mitsui and WPS in helping meet their requirements for the control of SO2, NOx, and mercury emissions,” said James Coccagno, Senior Vice President – Asia, Global Procurement and Strategic Initiatives. “In addition to highlighting the broad spectrum of our activated carbon solutions for meeting various water and air purification requirements, our selection to be a provider of carbon pellets for this emission control solution in the United States demonstrates the strength of the Calgon Carbon trusted brand and our reputation for developing and delivering the quality solutions required by our customers.”

Calgon Carbon is the world’s largest producer of granular activated carbon and supplies more than 100 types of activated carbon products – in granular, powdered, pelletized and cloth form – for more than 700 distinct applications. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Calgon Carbon employs approximately 1,100 people at more than 15 manufacturing, reactivation, and equipment fabrication facilities in the U.S., Asia, and in Europe, where Calgon Carbon is known as Chemviron Carbon.

Wisconsin Public Service, a wholly owned subsidiary of WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), is an investor-owned electric and natural gas utility headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Hamon Research Cottrell (HRC) has contracted for and started deliveries of the activated coke pellets that will make up the initial fill, with deliveries to the Weston site expected to be complete by the end of 2015, said Wisconsin Public Service in an update filed Oct. 30 at the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin. The commission in April 2013 had approved installation of the ReACT multi-pollutant control system on the coal-fired Weston Unit 3.

At the end of the reporting period, which is Sept. 30, erection of the ReACT building, polishing fabric filter and acid plant were in progress. The ReACT system is scheduled to be in service by July 25, 2016. There has been no change in the anticipated in‐service date. This date corresponds to the in‐service milestone as identified in the ReACT system contract with Hamon Research Cottrell.

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