Foster Wheeler AG Awarded Contract to Improve Air Quality System at Natural Gas Plant in Maidsville

The State Journal
24 September 2014
By Mandi Cardosi, Government Reporter

Note: UMRA generally does not correct or comment on news items, but we note in this case that the Longview plant burns coal and this is about waste-gas cleaning.

Foster Wheeler AG, a Pittsburgh-based company, has received a contract to improve the air quality system of its natural gas-fired power plant located in Maidsville, West Virginia.

Announced Sept. 24, the contract was awarded by Longview Power, LLC to rehabilitate and optimize the wet flue gas desulfurization system at the existing Longview Power facility in Maidsville — near Morgantown, along the West Virginia-Pennsylvania line. The company, Foster Wheeler, is based in Switzerland.

According to the company, Foster Wheeler received a full-notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the contract value will be included in the company's third-quarter 2014 bookings.

“Our recent acquisition of the former Wheelabrator Air Pollution Control technology has allowed us to consolidate all our air pollution control equipment within our Clean Air Technology Center located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to provide cost effective solutions for reducing air emissions from power plants and industrial facilities,” Byron Roth, Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler's Environmental and Industrial Group, said in a news release. “We engineer systems that are custom designed to meet increasingly more stringent air quality control regulations.”

Foster Wheeler said the company plans to provide new components as well as engineering and installation services to optimize the performance of the existing dewatering and forced oxidation systems with the fuel currently being used by Longview. Foster Wheeler says they are also adding a dual flow tray in the absorber to increase the overall SO2 reduction capacity of the existing system to handle higher sulfur fuels that Longview anticipates receiving in the future. The outage work is expected to take place in the spring of 2015.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction company and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs about 13,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, minerals and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Reading, United Kingdom. For more information about Foster Wheeler, visit