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Large Scale CFB Technology for Lignites and Low Rank Coals

September 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am EEST

In many markets, power producers are constantly faced with growing pressures to generate low cost power from solid fuels. As a result, power producers are increasingly looking to take maximum advantage of locally mined low-quality coals and lignite that are easily available at significantly lower prices.  The resulting increase in utilization of low ranks coals has underscored the importance of fuel flexibility as the primary driver behind the decisions of many power producers for selecting Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) boiler technology over conventional pulverized coal (PC) technology.

September 12th,  2018

Johannesburg: 8:00 AM

Helsinki: 9:00 AM

New Delhi: 11:30 AM

Bangkok 1:00 PM


Conventional pulverized coal (PC) boilers struggle to operate reliably when burning fuels of inconsistent quality because of their inflexible design. Processing lignite with its high levels of moisture and ash using conventional PC technology means designing oversized boilers, high sootblowing requirements, elevated plant capital and operating costs, and decreased reliability. CFB technology with its benefits of high efficiency, availability, exceptional fuel flexibility and low emissions (NOx, SOx and CO2), avoids all these pitfalls, resulting in reduced costs and higher reliability. This is particularly noteworthy, when burning low heat content lignite that features high ash and high moisture that is abundant in many power markets.

In this informative webinar, Mikko Matilainen, Chief Engineer, Systems Engineering for Sumitomo SHI FW, will describe the design features, technical, and economic benefits of Sumitomo SHI FW’s CFB technology compared to conventional PC boiler technology specifically when firing low quality fuels.  Topics discussed will include:

  • How CFB provides high reliability, low maintenance, cost effectiveness, and low emissions
  • An updated review of design of some of the largest and most lignite-powered CFB plants worldwide
    • Design and operation of the longest running lignite-powered repowering project (3 X 262 MW) Turow, Poland
    • Design of the largest CFB powerplant in Turkey, the 2 x 255 MWe Soma Kolin Power Plant (slated for commissioning in 2018)
    • Energy VietNam Mong Duong CFB Plant 4 X 250 MWe firing high ash anthracite
    • World’s largest oil shale CFB plant – 554 MWe Attarat Power, Jordan
    • Dominion Virginia City (USA) Hybrid Energy Center, USA, 2 X 335 MWe CFB units firing low quality coals and 20% biomass cofiring and operating successfully for 8 years
  • How utilization of low quality coals and lignite enhance plant competitiveness by taking full advantage of global fuel arbitrage potential enabled by CFB


Attendees can ask specific questions which will be covered during the Q&A session of the webinar.


Who Should Attend

  • Utilities and Independent Power Producers & Developers
  • Architecture and Engineering Companies
  • Asset Managers and Power Plant Owners
  • EPC Companies
  • Fuel Managers
  • Environmental Specialists


Mikko Matilainen, | Chief Engineer, Systems Engineering Sumitomo SHI FW 

Mikko Matilainen Chief Engineer, Systems Engineering of Sumitomo SHI FW. Having worked within the Sumitomo SHI-FW organization since 2001 serving, he has served in several commercial and engineering functions.  He is currently based in now positioned in Varkaus, Finland, where he heads up the Systems Engineering Department.