CONTRACT - Alstom turbine for Brigg renewables power plant

Danish power plant company Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) has selected Alstom to design and supply a 45MW geared reaction steam turbine (GRT) for the Brigg renewable energy plant in the UK.

Located at a former British Sugar site in Lincolnshire, the £90m power station project is due on-stream in early 2016. It be primarily fuelled using locally sourced straw but will also burn wood.

This is the second contract signed between the two companies for a UK GRT in a biomass power station, following an agreement last year on the 15.8MW wood-fuelled Lisahally scheme in Northern Ireland.

"The biomass market requires a more efficient steam turbine that can offer more power to the network,” said Daniel Wahler, VP of industrial steam turbines at Alstom

The GRT is pre-assembled in an Alstom facility before shipment and just requires a simple foundation to which the steam turbine generator package is anchored, as a result saving money during installation and commissioning.

Alstom said it 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 design features a flexible modular concept and a plug-and-play package to reduce installation time, accord9ing to the company.

BWSC recently announced that Burmeister & Wain Energy A/S (BWE) is to supply a grate fired biomass boiler for the Brigg plant.

BWE and BWSC previously worked together on the Sleaford biomass plant in the UK. The biomass power plant in Brigg is of the same type and is able to burn straw and up 50% wood chips, with a generation capacity of 40MWe.

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