The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) has received a contract to erect a dry flue gas desulfurization (FGD) unit at Southwestern Electric Power's (SWEPCO) Flint Creek power plant in Gentry, Arkansas, US.
Under the contract, Babcock & Wilcox Construction (BWCC), a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group (B&W PGG), will construct the 550MW plant's dry FGD system, which will create hundreds of jobs during peak construction periods in 2015.
B&W PGG president and chief operating officer Randall Data said: "Whether it's designing and building our own equipment or erecting components designed by others, Babcock & Wilcox Construction has the experience and knowledge to successfully execute these kinds of projects.
"This project is a particularly important example of one that will allow for the cleaner use of coal for power generation to supply SWEPCO's customers' energy needs and create significant local economic benefits.
"We're proud that SWEPCO and its parent company, American Electric Power, have chosen BWCC to construct this equipment."
In addition to meeting customer demand and Southwest Power Pool reliability reserve requirements, the Flint Creek load base plant provides voltage support for the local transmission grid.
Construction activity for the power plant, which entered service in 1978, will commence and will be completed in the second quarter of 2016.
The power plant provides reliable 24/7 base load power to SWEPCO customers and Arkansas electric cooperative members.