WARRENVILLE, Ill. -- Fuel Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTEK), a world leader in advanced engineering solutions for the optimization of combustion systems and emissions control in utility and industrial applications, today announced the receipt of four air pollution control (APC) contracts in China, along with two APC orders in the US. Fuel Tech was engaged to perform engineering studies for Selective Non-Catalytic Reduction (SNCR) and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technologies. These awards and projects have an aggregate value of approximately $6.4 million.
The fust three awards in China are for ULTRA systems from existing utility customers for use on six medium-sized coal-fired units that are being retrofitted with nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction technology. Fuel Tech's ULTRA process provides for the safe and cost-effective on-site conversion of urea to ammonia for use as a reagent in the selective catalytic reduction of NOv. eliminating the hazards associated with the transport, storage and handling of anhydrous or aqueous ammonia.
A contract was also received for a Flue Gas Conditioning (FGC) system from a repeat customer in China using sulfur and urea as the conditioning reagents. The ammonia needed for the FGC process is generated using Fuel Tech's ULTRA technology, expanding its use beyond SCR applications. FGC systems improve the efficiency of particulate collectors, also known as electrostatic precipitators (ESPs). FGC systems provide a low capital cost approach to improving ash particulate capture versus the alternatives of installing larger ESPs or fabric filter technology to meet regulatory requirements for particulate and opacity levels. Equipment deliveries for these ULTRA and FGC contracts are expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2013.
In the US, two orders were received for NOx reduction projects for a medium- sized utility coal-fired boiler in the Midwest, and for a Northeast industrial biomass unit. These projects will deliver in The fourth quarter of 2013. and will utilize Fuel Tech's HERT High Energy Reagent Technology and NOxOUT SNCR injection technologies.
Douglas G. Bailev. Chairman. President and Chief Executive Officer, commented. '2012 was a record year for international bookings at Fuel Tech. due in large part to significant growth in China. We are pleased to see the continuing adoption of Fuel Tech's proprietary emissions control solutions by Chinese customers, including recognition of the varied uses of our ULTRA technology. The FGC order represents our third commercial contract for this technology which has been proven as a cost-effective means of complying with particulate emission and opacity regulations on over 500 ESPs worldwide.'
Mr. Bailey continued. 'In the US market, we are pleased to receive orders utilizing our proven SNCR technology. While the biomass fired unit is adding SNCR technology to comply with its plant permit requirements, the vacature of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Supreme Court decision to review the DC Circuit Court ruling has created an environment in which industry experts are forecasting an increasing level of consent decree activity', some of which may require sources to farther reduce NOx emissions.'
About Fuel Tech
Fuel Tech is a leading technology company engaged m the worldwide development, commercialization and application of state-of-the-art proprietary technologies for air pollution control, process optimization, and advanced engineering services. These technologies enable customers to produce both energy and processed materials in a cost-effective and environmentally sustainable manner.
The Company's nitrogen oxide (NOx) reduction technologies include advanced combustion modification techniques - such as Low N(X Burners and Over-Fire Air systems - and post-combustion NOx control approaches, including NOvOUT8 and HERT SNCR systems as well as systems that incorporate ASCR (Advanced Selective Catalytic Reduction). NOvOUT CASCADE8. ULTRA and NOxOLT-SCR processes. These technologies have established Fuel Tech as a leader in NOx reduction, with installations on over 700 units worldwide, where coal, fiiel oil. natural gas. municipal waste, biomass and other fiiels are utilized.
The Company's FUEL CHEMS technology revolves around the unique application of chemicals to improve the efficiency, reliability, fuel flexibility and environmental status of combustion units by controlling slagging, fouling, corrosion, opacity and operational issues associated with sulfur trioxide. ammonium bisulfate. particulate matter (PM2.5). carbon dioxide and NOx. The Company has experience with this technology, in the form of a customizable FUEL CHEM program, on over 110 combustion units burning a wide variety of fuels including coal, heavy oil. biomass. and municipal waste.
Fuel Tech also provides a range of combustion optimization services, including airflow testing, coal flow testing and boiler timing, as well as services to help optimize selective catalytic reduction system performance, including catalyst management services and ammonia injection grid tuning, In addition, flow corrective devices and physical and computational modeling services are available to optimize flue gas distribution and mixing in both power plant and industrial applications.
Many of Fuel Tech's products and services rely heavily on the Company's exceptional Computational Fluid Dynamics modeling capabilities, which are enhanced by internally developed. high-end visualization software. These capabilities, coupled with the Company's innovative technologies and multi-disciplined team approach, enable Fuel Tech to provide practical solutions to some of our customers' most challenging problems. For more information, visit Fuel Tech's web site at www.ftek.com.