Limestone's use for flue gas desulphurization: limited impact on VOM for operators

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The limestone market in the US is a large low-value, high quantity market, with average per ton FOB prices between $8.05/t and $9.05/t over the last five years. In 2011, production amounted to approximately 750 Mt of limestone, produced at over 2,000 quarries in nearly every state. Limestone importance for the coal industry comes from its use as a sorbent in flue gas desulphurization (FGD) equipment at coal-fired electric generating stations (EGU). Limestone is the plurality sorbent used...

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  • Limestone Demand by Industry Type 2002 - 2011
  • Scrubber status of Coal-Fired EGUs 2013 - 2025
  • US Generation from Coal 2013 - 2025
  • Total Production and Weighted Average Price of Limestone 2002 - 2011
  • Number of Limestone and Dolomite Quarries in United States and Average Productivity 2002 - 2011
  • Usage of Sorbents at Electric Generating Unit Sector 2008 - 2011
  • Limestone Demand from Steel & Coal-Fired EGUs 2013 - 2025
  • Variable O&M Costs and Delivered Limestone Prices
  • Limestone Injection Rate in FGD Scrubber by SO2
  • Comparison of Delivered to FOB Limestone Prices 2011
  • US Construction Investment (Constant 2005 prices)
  • US Industrial Production Index (2005 = 100)
  • History and Forecast of Limestone Supply and FOB Quarry Prices 2002 - 2020

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