NEWS RELEASE                                                                                                     OCTOBER 2014

Huge Chinese FGD Market for New Equipment and Repairs

The Chinese will add more MW of flue gas desulfurization (FGD) between 2014 and 2020 than exist in the U.S. By 2020, China will have 50 percent of all the FGD systems in the world.  This prediction is contained in FGD Market and Strategiespublished by the McIlvaine Company.

China FGD (MW)




Existing   FGD



FGD   Retirements



New   Construction - FGD






Total   New FGD




China plans to install FGD on new power plants and to retrofit older power plants presently without FGD. There are 96,000 MW of power plants targeted for the five year period.  By 2010 nearly 900,000 MW of FGD systems will be installed.

Some of this new power plant capacity is to meet the rising energy needs of the country.  Some of it will be to replace existing coal-fired boilers in residences, commercial buildings and industry.  More than 600,000 small coal-fired boilers will be retired.

Most new FGD systems will produce wallboard quality gypsum using limestone reagents. Dry scrubbing using lime is becoming more popular in the arid areas where there is a water scarcity.

McIlvaine is recommending that Chinese utilities consider two stage limestone scrubbing systems in which the first stage creates hydrochloric acid. This acid can be used to leach gallium and other rare earths from the flyash along with alumina. Since China is spending billions on technologies to leach metals from flyash, it makes sense to use this one step scrubbing and leaching process.

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