FLSmidth has been awarded its second coal handling order from NTPC this year. The contract from M/s. NTPC Tamil Nadu Energy Company, a joint venture company between National Thermal Power and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board, has a value of approximately $20.4 million (Ð114 million) and covers engineering, supply and installation of an external coal handling system at their Vallur Thermal powerplant. The plant is located at Ennore, approximately 20km from the city of Chennai in southern India.
This external coal handling package is part of an expansion of the 1,500MW mega power project. In view of the Indian Government’s ‘power for all’ policy, NTPC has formed joint ventures with state owned electricity boards to produce power to meet the local demand.
Major equipment included in the coal handling system is a 4.4km long pipe conveyor with a capacity of 4,000t per hour, making it the world’s largest pipe conveyor. The coal handling system will convey coal from the adjoining port to the internal coal handling stockpile.
The coal handling system is based on a well-proven system as FLSmidth has previously delivered the world’s longest pipe conveyor, which is 8.2km long and operating in Peru as well as the highest capacity coal pipe conveyor with a capacity of 2,000 tonnes per hour, operating in Colombia.
The pipe conveyor is a spillage free conveying system, installed with a dust control system at end transfer stations, ensuring an environmentally friendly material handling system.
“This order for the world’s largest pipe conveyor will further qualify FLSmidth for future material handling projects and supply of long distance conveyors, especially for coal. The development of our material handling activities is supported by our various acquisitions, increasing our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to both the cement and minerals industries,” Group CEO Jørgen Huno Rasmussen comments.