FLSmidth has been awarded its second coal handling order from NTPC this year. The contract from M/s. NTPC – Tamil Nadu Energy Co Ltd (a joint venture company between National Thermal Power Corp Ltd and Tamil Nadu Electricity Board) has a value of some $20.4 million and covers engineering, supply and installation of an external coal handling system at the Vallur Thermal power plant. The plant is located at Ennore, approximately 20 km from the city of Chennai in southern India. Major equipment included in the coal handling system is a 4.4 km long pipe conveyor with a capacity of 4,000 t/h – making it the world’s largest pipe conveyor, the company says. The coal handling system will convey coal from the adjoining port to the internal coal handling stockpile.This external coal handling package is part of an expansion of the 1,500 MW mega power project. In view of the Indian Government’s ‘Power for All’ policy, NTPC has formed joint ventures with state owned electricity boards to produce power to meet the local demand.The coal handling system is based on a well-proven system as FLSmidth has previously delivered the world’s longest pipe conveyor, which is 8.2 km long and operating in Peru as well as the highest capacity coal pipe conveyor with a capacity of 2,000 t/h, operating in Colombia.The pipe conveyor is a spillage free conveying system, installed with a dust control system at end transfer stations, ensuring an environmentally friendly material handling system.“This order for the world’s largest pipe conveyor will further qualify FLSmidth for future material handling projects and supply of long distance conveyors, especially for coal. The development of our material handling activities is supported by our various acquisitions, increasing our ability to serve as a single-source supplier to both the cement and minerals industries,” Group CEO Rasmussen comments.