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AMERICAN ENGINEERING FIRM WINS LANDMARK CZECH POWER PLANT CONTRACT

 PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Power Engineers, Inc., USA, has been awarded a landmark design/engineering/project management contract as part of a $100 million retrofit of one of the largest private power plants in the Czech Republic.
 The retrofit will increase the power station's energy efficiency and reduce emissions of some pollutants by about 90 percent. The plant is located in the so-called "Black Triangle" of Easter Europe, a heavily industrialized region generally recognized as one of the most polluted areas of the world. The Komorany coal-fired facility has been identified as one of the major sources of air pollution in the region.
 On-site management of the first phase of the project is being carried out by Power International, s.r.o. The company is a Czech Republic-based subsidiary of Power Engineers international group, Power International, Inc.
 According to Michael Mallinen, executive vice president of Power's international group, the retrofit of the Komorany plant represents one of the largest fluidized bed retrofit projects ever undertaken. The project will convert the Komorany Power Station, a 927 MWth cogeneration plant producing heat and electricity, to an atmospheric bubbling bed combustion system with ash reinjection.
 Beginning in the late fall of 1993, Komorany's steam boilers will be retrofitted in phases so as to avoid interrupting supplies of heat and electricity to customers. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 1998, with the first boiler back on line as early as December 1994.
 Fluidized Bed Technology Cuts Emissions
 The renovated plant will be powered by the same locally mined, low quality, high sulfur, high ash brown coal that has always been used. But the new fluidized bed combustion system will enable the facility to meet recently tightened Czech industrial emission standards which are similar to those of the United States. The fluidized bed technology burns fuel much more efficiently and completely than the existing system.
 "When the Komorany retrofit is completed, particulate matter emissions will be reduced by more than 98 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by 88 percent," Stefan Pallay, plant managing director, said.
 Economic Advantages
 In addition to the necessity of meeting environmental regulations, Pallay noted that the economic case of retrofitting Komorany with fluid bed technology was overwhelming.
 "The cost of the Komorany retrofit is only 40 percent of the cost of constructing a new plant," he said. "Retrofitting the plant allows us to upgrade the facility with substantially less investment capital as compared to the cost of constructing an entirely new facility."
 Privatization Brings Opportunities
 The Komorany Power Station was one of the first utilities to be privatized during the restructuring of the country's economy. Privatization in the Czech Republic is creating opportunities for foreign companies to work on or invest in industrial development projects there, according to Mallinen.
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 /CONTACT: Mark Monroe or Tom Salmon, both for Power Engineers, Inc., 914-946-1440/


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