Best Available Techniques and Practices (BAT/BEP) for Mercury Emission Reduction from Coal-Fired Power Plants Indonesia


Mercury emissions from the Indonesian coal fleet – An opportunity for stakeholder engagement and a call for project proposals

New Emission reduction policy in Indonesia – and lessons for other emerging economies with coal in their energy mix
This workshop aims to provide guidance on how to evaluate mercury emissions from a national coal sector in emerging economies in order to create the most-cost effective reduction strategy.
The workshop will be of interest to utilities, regulators, industry, NGOs, and academia. The event will be of particular interest to international technology experts and equipment providers who will be encouraged to contribute to the programme of work as the team creates a “catalogue” of potential projects and policies which will help Indonesia comply with mercury emission reductions from its existing coal fleet, as required under the United Nations Minamata Convention on Mercury.

The ICSChas recently completed Phase 1 of a State Department funded project aimed at reducing the emissions of mercury from the coal sector in Indonesia. An evaluation of the entire Indonesian coal utility fleet, on a unit-by-unit basis, has indicated that there are fewer than 15 units (out of over 100) which could be responsible for almost 50% of the total mercury emissions from the existing fleet over their remaining plant lifetime. This offers a significant opportunity for a targeted mercury reduction strategy.
Three plants have been identified for closer analysis during Phase 2 of the project with the aim being to collate a catalogue of mercury reduction techniques, technologies, strategies and policies which will inform the official Indonesian national action plan for compliance with the Minamata Convention.

This three day, on-line event provided a summary of the project work so far, highlighting how data were gathered and analysed. Information was provided on the three plants selected for closer study. Delegates received guidance on how they can submit proposals for mercury reduction strategies to be considered for submission to the Indonesian Government. Phase 3 of the project will endeavour to locate funding and impetus to move some of these mercury reduction proposals into practice.

Indonesia has until September 2027 to “control and, where feasible, reduce” mercury emissions from their coal utility fleet. With 28GW of coal capacity in operation, the majority of which is fitted only with ESP, and an additional 25 GW of coal plant planned for the next decade, the challenge to reduce mercury emissions in significant. We therefore welcome stakeholder engagement from the mercury community to help us create a catalogue of options for the Indonesian coal sector which will deliver significant mercury reduction in a cost-effective and reproducible manner.

Please note: The timings of this live workshop are tuned to our Indonesian and southeast Asian audience. However, those who register prior to the event will be sent passwords allowing them to view the recordings of the event during the first week in April. The presentations will then be made open and available to all on the ICSC website in May 2021.