Flue gas desulphurisation project in the Western Balkans in full swing
On 15 May 2017, there were major official celebrations when the groundbreaking ceremony took place for expansion of the flue gas desulphurisation plant (FGD) at the lignite-fired power plant Ugljevik in the Republic of Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The plant with an output of 300 megawatt will be built by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) and the Slovenian company RUDIS d.o.o. The environmental project is financed through an ODA loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) – the world’s largest company for bilateral development cooperation. This flue gas desulphurisation project is the first retrofit of a coal-fired power plant in the Western Balkans to reduce sulphur dioxides and particulate matter in the atmosphere.
Numerous representatives from politics, business and diplomacy from home and abroad attended the ceremony. Among the prestigious guests were Petar Đokić (Minister for Industry, Energy and Mining of the Republic of Srpska), Kazuja Ogawa (Japan’s ambassador in Bosnia and Herzegovina), Borislav Marić (Bosnia and Herzegovina’s ambassador in Tokyo) as well as a large number of important senior figures from ministries and public authorities. As general representative of Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe GmbH (MHPSE) for Bosnia and Herzegovina, the management of ACTIV Project Management GmbH also took part.