Alstom wins two contracts for UK biomass projects

18 March 2015 (Last Updated March 18th, 2015 18:30)

French power manufacturer Alstom has won two contracts from Denmark based energy firm Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) for supplying two geared reaction steam turbines (GRT) for two biomass projects in the UK.

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French power manufacturer Alstom has won two contracts from Denmark based energy firm Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) for supplying two geared reaction steam turbines (GRT) for two biomass projects in the UK.

The first turbine for the waste wood combined heat and power (CHP) biomass facility in Widnes, Merseyside, will have a generation capacity of 23MW.

BWSC and logistics major Stobart Group are the developers for the waste wood fuelled plant.

It is located beside Stobart’s adjacent wood-drying facility and will supply heat for its operations.

The facility is expected to be operational by 2016. It will also generate enough energy annually to meet requirements of 35,000 UK homes.

"The facility will generate enough energy annually to meet requirements of 35,000 UK homes."

The second contract is for the Snetterton Biomass Plant, which will use energy crops, including straw, cereals, and oilseed rape, as fuel.

Alstom has to deliver 50MW GRT for the biomass facility, which is located in East Anglia, UK.

Commissioning of the Snetterton plant has been scheduled for Spring 2017, after which it is likely to meet the power demands of up to 68,000 households.

Earlier in 2013 and 2014, Alstom and BWSC have signed two more contracts for the Lisahally CHP biomass plant in Northern Ireland and the Brigg renewable energy plant in Lincolnshire.

Alstom VP of Industrial Steam Turbines Daniel Wahler said: "Alstom is delighted to be working with BWSC in the UK once again, having already built a close working relationship with them on the Lisahally and Brigg projects."


Image: Alstom to supply two GRT for UK biomass projects. Image: Courtesy of Alstom.