Alstom signs two more biomass contracts in the U.K.

By Alstom | March 18, 2015

Alstom has signed two contracts with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor for geared reaction steam turbines (GRT) to be used in two U.K. biomass projects.

The first contract uses a 23 MW GRT for a waste wood combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass plant in Widnes, Merseyside, that is being developed by BWSC and U.K. logistics company Stobart Group. While the second is a 50 MW GRT for the Snetterton Biomass 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 U.K., for the Lisahally CHP biomass plant in Northern Ireland and the Brigg renewable energy plant in Lincolnshire.

Daniel Wahler, vice president of industrial steam turbines, said, “Alstom is delighted to be working with BWSC in the U.K. once again, having already built a close working relationship with them on the Lisahally and Brigg projects.”

The project specific design, engineering and manufacturing will be done at one of Alstom’s specialist facilities, with support offered by the U.K. team. The GRTs are preassembled as much as possible, as a result saving money and time during installation and commissioning. Alstom has optimized 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.