Cleaner Air, Better Views near Mazatlan

In the late summer of 2009 the oil-fired power plant near Mazatlan operated by Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) awarded a contract to Altrom Power to install air quality control systems.  Alstrom is a Swiss based company that specializes in power development and clean air technology around the world.  The work began with design and engineering to install electrostatic precipitator technology to capture and remove the larger particulate emissions (much of the “black stuff”) that is so readily visible from Estrella del Mar.  The equipment installation is planned to be finished in 2011.  The precipitators will filter the plant’s flue gas, greatly reducing particulate output to about one tenth of the current emissions.  Note that this is not related to carbon dioxide emissions or greenhouse gases which are a by-product of burning any fossil fuel, but it will significantly change our views and the quality of the air near Mazatlan and EDM.
Turkey Point Power Plant near Miami
CFE Power PLant near MZT
Thank you Bob Sanz for this contribution
The text of the original press release follows:
Alstom has won a contract to install air quality control systems on units 1,2 and 3 of the Mazatlán power plant, operated by Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico.
The contract represents Alstom´s largest installation of this type of equipment in Mexico and provides further opportunities for Alstom to address the critical need for air quality control in Mexico’s power stations.
Alstom signed the 24 million euro contract with Double V Holding, the leading Mexican developer in environmental solutions, as the main contractor selected by the state-owned Comisión Federal de Electricidad.
Under the terms of this contract, Alstom will engineer, design and supply three electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) for the 616 MW oil-fired power plant. The ESPs will filter the plant’s flue gas, greatly reducing particulate emissions* and thus allowing the Comisión Federal de Electricidad to conform to Mexican environmental requirements.
Mexico has the second largest oil reserves in Latin America, and a large proportion of its installed base of 60 GW still operates on fuel-oil. However, Mexico has made a commitment to modernizing its power industry, providing key opportunities for Alstom in the field of emissions reduction.
“We are particularly pleased to have been selected by Double V Holding to help Comisión Federal de Electricidad upgrade their power generation base in order to maintain environmental efficiency”,commented Patrick Fragman, Vice President and Head of Environmental Control Systems at Alstom Power. “We look forward to continue assisting DVH in their efforts to upgrade Mexico’s power industry via the reduction of particle emissions in their power station fleet.”
Alstom is a world leader in air quality control systems and has supplied more than 3,000 ESPs worldwide.
Editor´s Notes
*The plant´s particulate eimmsions will be reduced from about 400mg/Nm3 to 40 mg/Nm3, allowing the Comisión Federal de Electricidad to conform to local environmental cap  of 250mg/Nm3.
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