Alstom signs two biomass contracts in the UK
Alstom has signed two contracts with Danish power plant company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) for Geared Reaction steam turbines (GRT) to be used in two UK biomass projects.
The first contract uses a 23MW GRT for a waste wood combined heat and power (CHP) biomass plant in Widnes, Merseyside that is being developed by BWSC and UK logistics company Stobart Group. The second is a 50MW GRT for the Snetterton plant in East Anglia, which will burn energy crops such as straw, cereals and oilseed rape.
This news follows on from two previous contracts signed in 2013 and 2014 by Alstom and BWSC for the UK, for the Lisahally CHP biomass plant in Northern Ireland and the Brigg renewable energy plant in Lincolnshire.
The project specific design, engineering and manufacturing will be done at one of Alstom's specialist facilities, with support offered by the UK team. The GRTs are preassembled as much as possible, as a result saving money and time during installation and commissioning. Alstom has optimised the GRT for efficient and flexible power production, covering renewable and traditional fuel types in addition to industrial applications for process steam.
The Widnes facility is expected to become operational by the end of 2016 and will provide enough power to supply 35,000 homes a year, as well as supplying heat to Stobart's adjacent wood-drying facility. The Snetterton scheme is scheduled to be up and running by spring 2017 and will produce enough energy to power up to 68,000 homes.