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Advancements in CFB Technology Provide the Best Solution for South Africa’s Energy Future

May 13 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT

Advancements in CFB Technology Provide the Best Solution for South Africa’s Energy Future


South African power producers require low cost, environmentally clean yet very reliable baseload power generation that can leverage South Africa’s vast indigenous coal resources. Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Boiler Technology has increased its world-wide presence principally due to its highly-desirable fuel flexibility feature combined with significantly reduced air emissions, particularly SOx, NOx and even CO2. The CFB’s fuel flexible and low emissions design provide South African power producers the ability to utilize the lowest cost coal, petcoke, coal slurry, lignite, washery rejects and biomass in variable mix combinations, to produce the lowest possible power cost for South African consumers.



CFB technology also offers several additional commercial advantages. Its inherent low emissions design avoids the cost of installing and operating expensive DeNOx and DeSOx flue gas cleaning equipment while conserving water, another valuable natural resource.


Combining ultra-supercritical CFB boiler technology with biomass co-firing allows plant owners to realize dramatic reductions in net CO2 emissions while keeping electricity production reliability high and cost low. Long-term operating data clearly demonstrates that CFB clean coal technology has a lower forced and planned outage rate and thus higher reliability than conventional coal and biomass combustion technologies. All these benefits should be very attractive for the South African energy industry.


The CFB boiler option can be applied to both new greenfield plants, as well as, existing plants as a repowering option. Repowering the steam side of an existing or retired coal-fired plant is a much lower cost option than building a new greenfield plant since a lot of the plant’s existing infrastructure can be reused, yet the same improvements to the plant operating cost, reliability and environmental performance can be achieved.


Sumitomo FW (SFW), the world leaders in CFB technology, is proud to extend a personal invitation to you to attend our free Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) Boiler Technology Seminar on Wednesday, May 13, 2020  from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm (including lunch) at the Westin Cape Town, Seal & Robben, Mezzanine Floor, Cape Town, South Africa.


Robert Giglio and Asif Hussain will review the technical, economic and environmental benefits of CFB boilers and the value they can bring to the South African power market. Plant case studies relevant to the South African market and fuels will be presented, such as:


Korea’s 2,200 MWe Samcheok Green Power Project(4 x 550 MWe), uses SFW’s ultra-supercritical CFB technology. Topics of special interest to South African power developers include the unique plant design features that give KOSPO, the plant owner, the greatest possible flexibility in fuel procurement. This important design feature now saves KOSPO millions of dollars in fuel cost each year of operation.


Turkey’s 450 MWe Soma Kolin(2 x 225 MWe), is a project under construction using SFW CFB technology that will efficiently burn locally-procured very low-quality Turkish lignite. This is an important example for South African power developers who are constrained to using low quality coals and washery rejects yet are challenged by regulators to meet low air emission limits while producing affordable and reliable electricity.


The 1,500 MWe CFB repowering project in Turow, Poland. Six old PC boilers where replaced by 6 SFW CFBs resulting in a 25% increase in plant output, while achieving over a 90% reduction in all plant emissions.


Many other case studies relevant to the African power sector will also be reviewed during the seminar, such as the 554 MWe Oil Shale CFB plant in Jordan and the 670 MWe Waste Coal & Biomass CFB plant in Virginia.



Important Questions this Seminar Will Answer:

  • How SFW CFB boiler technology can enhance fuel flexibility to enable South African power plants to choose from a range of discounted opportunity coals?
  • How SFW CFB boiler technology can meet South Africa’s emission standards today and into the future without expensive DeNOx and DeSOx equipment?
  • How SFW CFBs provide a low-cost and low-risk carbon reduction strategy for South African power generation sector?
  • Why CFBs plants avoid expensive air pollution control equipment, particularly water-consuming DeSOx equipment, and save millions on plant capital, annual O&M, and scrubber waste disposal costs?
  • Why do SFW CFB boiler plants routinely enjoy higher plant reliability than conventional pulverized fuel and stoker boiler plants?
  • Why will SFW CFB boiler technology not experience the same poor O&M and reliability problems reported by other CFB manufacturers?
  • Can CFBs operate efficiently as a CHP plant when burning a variable mix of fuels?
  • What level of plant reliability and availability should you expect when burning opportunity fuels available in South Africa?
  • How does the SFW CFB boiler plant reliability and availability history compare with the projected reliability and availability of coal plants now under construction in South Africa?
  • Can CFB boiler technology be used to repower South Africa’s aging coal-fired power plant fleet?


Seminar Details

  • Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020
  • Venue Information: The Westin Cape Town, Seal & Robben, Mezzanine Floor, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Registration: 09:00 hrs
  • Seminar Presentations: 09:30 – 14:00 hrs
  • Lunch: 13:00 – 14:00 hrs

Networking breaks provided. Entire event is absolutely free and complimentary


Who Should Attend?

  • Government power planners, policy markers, regulators
  • Utilities
  • IPPs and Developers
  • Industrial companies


Presenters for CFB Boiler Session


Robert Giglio | Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development | Sumitomo SHI FW

Robert is responsible for market, product, technology and business strategy, globally for SFW. Robert started his career over 30 years ago with a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Asif Hussain | Senior VP of Strategic Business Development | Sumitomo SHI FW

Asif Hussain is responsible for business development within Africa, Middle East and Indian sub-continent. He has over 23 years experience in the power industry and markets based on extensive experience gained working for Foster Wheeler and Babcock Power in roles as field service engineer, project engineering, sales & marketing and management serving the utility and Industrial market. He has a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Maryland as well as leadership & management training.




Ravi Krishnan | Managing Director | Krishnan & Associates, Inc

Ravi is President of Krishnan & Associates, a global marketing, strategy & business development consulting firm specialized in the energy industry based out of USA with offices in Europe & India. He brings 20+ years of experience in the global energy industry and has worked with numerous OEMs, technology providers and IPPs, on global marketing initiatives, technology launches, market analytics and market development strategies. He has been involved with clean air emission regulations & technology deployment globally. A lot of his recent work involve renewable technologies, microgrids, energy storage, digitization and smart technologies.



For More Information Contact

Ravi Krishnan

Mobile Phone: +1 (203) 257-9232 / +91 99871 49883

Kaival Shah

Mobile Phone: +91 98332 88838