ENVI-Clean™ technology has now been demonstrated to achieve high SO² removal efficiencies (>99%) under real-world conditions.
Yancheng - steel plant stack

The ENVI-Clean™ Flue Gas Desulphurization (FGD) system installed for the Lianxin Steel Group at their facility near Yancheng in China is designed to remove sulphur dioxide (SO²) from the new power boiler exhaust.

The boiler uses blast furnace gas and coke oven gas as fuel (previously they were flared) to produce steam that powers a turbine to generate 93 MW of electricity. The exhaust gas from the boiler contains up to 250 mg/m3 of SO² that the FGD system is designed to remove.

The FGD system is based on a 10m (32ft) diameter 28m (91ft) tall absorber vessel. This uses a slurry that has limestone in a froth produced by PGT’s patented head technology to capture the SO² by absorption. The limestone neutralizes the acids that result from SO² reacting with water to form gypsum as precipitated solids. The gypsum is removed on a continuous basis by pumping slurry from the absorber reservoir to hydrocyclones to concentrate the solids. Then, a vacuum-belt filter produces a gypsum cake. This can then be landfilled or sold.

Ancillary systems supporting the absorber include:

  • a gas quench and conditioning zone at the entrance to the absorber
  • a demister section at the exit of the absorber prior to the 32m (104ft) stack mounted on top of the absorber
  • a limestone slurry tank and limestone powder silo and feed system
  • a recirculation pump system
  • an oxidation air system
  • various sumps, water tanks and pumps
  • a process-control system
  • a continuous emission-monitoring system