NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                                JUNE 2013

Huge NOx Control Program in China will Boost Catalyst and SCR System Sales

Chinese utilities will be starting up more than 45,000 MW of new coal-fired boilers per year in China over the next seven years. This will result in coal capacity exceeding 1,100 GW. Most of the new capacity will be equipped with SCR. This prediction is made by the McIlvaine Company in its NOx Control World Markets report. To view the impact on the world market, it is beneficial to view the present installed coal-fired power plant SCR capacity.


World Installed SCR Capacity MW


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East Asia


Middle East




South & Central America


West Asia




The present world capacity of coal-fired power plant SCR is less than 500,000 MW. East Asia is already the largest region with 240,000 MW. China is the leader, followed by Japan, Korea and Taiwan. The U.S. program is slowing down. Sixty-five percent of the capacity already has SCR and there are conflicting regulations which are impeding further additions. Most European power plants already have SCR. The exception would be Eastern Europe. But compared to China, the coal capacity in Eastern Europe is small.

Some of the oil-fired boilers in the Middle East are being fitted with SCR. Gas turbine power plants in the U.S. and certain other countries are also being equipped with SCR. But the total yearly addition of SCR for turbines is relatively small compared to coal-fired power plants. Waste incinerators, cement kilns and various furnaces will also purchase SCR systems. However, SNCR is widely used as an alternative. Many power plants have no NOx control. Even in the aggregate, the total of SCR for kilns and furnaces will be small compared to the Chinese coal-fired power plant expenditures.

The Chinese program will exceed that of any other country or even the EU, NAFTA or any region. For more information on NOx Control World Markets, click on: