Environmental Protection

Feasibility Study for the Environmental Emissions Control Project in China - Beilun Power Plant (BPP) – USTDA

The Beilun Power Plant (BPP), a subsidiary of the Zhejiang Energy Group Company (ZEGC), is the largest coal-fired power generation facility in China. The BPP is a 3,000 MW power generation facility consisting of 5 x 600 MW power generation units. Because the BPP consumed a high nitrogen content coal mixture, it greatly contributed to the regions non-attainment for NOx and PM2.5 concentrations. The ZEGC requested assistance from the USTDA to determine the most cost-effective solution to reduce NOx emissions at the BPP. The USTDA, in response to ZEGC’s request, issued a grant to perform the feasibility study for this project.

The consulting services included: investigating the existing equipment and operations at the BPP; analyzing the impact of China’s new emissions standard; evaluating all available applicable NOx reduction technologies; performing a cost-benefit analysis to determine the most cost-effective NOx reduction solution; reviewing and identifying the project design and present specific suggestions for improvement; assisting the ZEGC in selecting the preferred technology; developing conceptual designs; creating cost estimates and schedules to implement the preferred technology; developing a system for the transfer of technology for additional factors affecting the BPP such as overall efficiency and mercury reduction technologies; examining the technical options to achieve additional emission reductions and explore the possibility of trading these credits to other facilities; preparing bidding documents including technical specifications.

HJI experts conducted financial and economic analysis, reviewed the project cost estimates and financing plan, plus assessed the environmental impacts. Based on the preliminary design, the NOx was reduced from 1,000 micrograms/m3 to less than 400 micrograms/m3, which improved regional air quality substantially. The facility now avoids the previous annual penalty of more than 40 million RMB annually.