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Out with the Old and In with the New – Coal-to-Natural Gas Conversions

Posted by Ritchie Ware on Apr 7, 2015 1:27:12 PM

coal to natural gas conversions ware incSpring cleaning – you dread doing it, but you feel so much better when its done. Spring cleaning might look a little different at industrial facilities across the county, this year and in years to come. Not only will they have to knock out the cobwebs, but theres a chance they might have to convert their coal fired facility to a natural gas fired facility.

There are two main factors on why a facility would convert from coal to natural gas.

1)  It is more economically favorable to burn natural gas

As natural gas reserves become easier to access through means of modern technology, opportunities are created that can alter entire industries. Due to the increase in supply of natural gas, the price has dropped, making it economically viable for plants to undergo coal- to-natural gas conversions. Though natural gas wont solve the worlds energy problems, it is a step in the right direction for cleaner and more sustainable energy.

2)  It could be mandated by legislation

The last several years have been uncertain times for coal fired facilities. Legislators have proposed a wide variety of government mandated regulations around emissions requirements. Those facilities have one of two options:

  • Retrofit their existing coal fired boilers to meet the new emissions standards.


  • Convert the facility to natural gas. Fives North American is a leading provider of specialty low NOx burners that can help facilitate upcoming plant conversions.

The more affordable option for plants is to complete the natural gas conversion due to its favorable economic situation and future. As emissions regulations continue to tighten, you will see an increasing number of coal fired facilities convert to natural gas. For more information about how these regulations might affect your facility, call WARE today

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