Coal-fired Columbia Energy Center awards B&W $150MM retrofit contract

Source: Babcock & Wilcox Company

The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC) announced that its subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG) has been awarded a contract worth approximately $150 million to design, supply and erect environmental equipment for Alliant Energy subsidiary Wisconsin Power and Light Company's (WPL) coal-fired Columbia Energy Center in Pardeeville, Wis.

B&W PGG will engineer and supply four spray dry absorber (SDA) systems, two pulse jet fabric filters, a lime preparation system, ash recycle systems and related equipment for Columbia Units 1 and 2. B&W PGG's subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co., Inc. will erect and install the environmental equipment.

"B&W would like to thank Black & Veatch Construction, Inc. and the owners of Columbia Energy Center - WPL, Madison Gas and Electric, and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation - for selecting us for this project," B&W PGG President and Chief Operating Officer J. Randall Data said. "B&W's suite of emissions control products and our highly experienced construction team give us options and flexibility to meet all of our customers' environmental needs."

Engineering work for the project is currently underway, with construction to begin in October 2012.

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