The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) (NYSE: BWC) has announced that its Denmark-based subsidiary, Babcock & Wilcox Vølund A/S, has been awarded contracts by Margam Green Energy Ltd. for more than $200 million to engineer, procure and operate a state-of-the-art biomass power plant in Margam, Wales. B&W Vølund’s consortium partner, Interserve Construction Ltd., will build the plant.
The plant will be designed to burn 335,000 tons of wood waste biomass annually and generate approximately 40 megawatts of electricity. The facility also will be capable of using municipal waste as a fuel source in the future.
The plant will feature advanced environmental controls designed by B&W Vølund and its Götaverken Miljö AB subsidiary, including a dry flue gas desulfurization system (dry FGD), fabric filter baghouse, continuous emissions monitoring equipment and an advanced DynaGrate® dynamic fuel combustion system.
Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. Global Power Division Vice President Paul Scavuzzo thanked Margam Green Energy for its selection of B&W Vølund for the project. “Because of their many environmental benefits, biomass and waste-to-energy continue to be preferred renewable energy options for many B&W customers around the world,” Scavuzzo said. “We thank Margam Green Energy for this opportunity and look forward to building and operating this advanced clean energy plant.”
The project also demonstrates B&W’s focus on growing its international power business, said B&W President and Chief Executive Officer E. James Ferland. “The Margam project is the fifth major coal, renewable or waste-to-energy contract announced by B&W’s power generation subsidiary in the last seven months,” Ferland said. “We continue to look globally for opportunities to grow our business in the fossil power and renewable sectors, while maintaining limited exposure to the impact of a turbulent global oil market.”
Engineering is underway in B&W Vølund’s Denmark offices. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2017.
The project was booked in the first quarter of 2015.