BE&E’s equipment to be used in new Drax pellet plants

Drax Group has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment (BE&E) to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three new pellet plants in Arkansas, US.

The systems BE&E will manufacture for the projects include bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART Conveyors, SMART Containers, and covered pellet load-out stations. BE&E’s scope also includes the procurement of dust control systems and pellet silos.

The three new pellet plants are expected to produce around 120,000 tonnes of sustainable biomass pellets annually from sawmill residues, supporting Drax’s plans to increase self-supply for its power station in Yorkshire, UK. Construction has started on the first of the three plants and commissioning is expected in October.

“BE&E has been very accommodating to the design process,” said Craig Beckham, PE with Hunt, Guillot & Associates, who worked on the project with BE&E. “They’ve stepped up and accommodated changes.

“The equipment is versatile and easily adjustable in length and orientation. It accommodates the fit and layout design you need.”

Dane Floyd, BE&E’s president and CEO, commented: “This has been an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and expertise. The team we’ve gathered to take on projects of this scale is unmatched in the industry and we’re confident Drax will benefit from our work. We look forward to future opportunities for turn-key pellet plants.”

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