Reliant Energy Inc., the owner of power plants in nine U.S. states, will spend about $50 million to cut mercury emissions at five Pennsylvania coal-fired generating stations to help comply with state regulations.
At least 80 percent of the mercury content of coal burned at the Shawville, Portland, Conemaugh, Titus and New Castle locations will be removed, Houston-based Reliant said today in a statement. The installation of Alstom-designed systems that clean the air through activated carbon injection will start in the first quarter of 2009 and be finished by December of that year.
Reliant said it's investing more than $435 million in emissions controls at the 19 plants it operates in the state. The company is spending $375 million at the Keystone and Cheswick plants for scrubber systems to remove sulfur dioxide, which will be finished in 2009. More than $10 million is for upgrades to scrubbers at the Elrama site.
``The mercury removal plan announced today will improve air quality for our neighbors and is an important element of our overall program,'' Mark Jacobs, Reliant's chief executive officer, said in the statement.
Reliant rose 2 cents to $22.82 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.
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