Babcock to build new waste-to-energy plant in Florida

By Anna Austin | April 27, 2011

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. and consortium partner BE&K Construction Co. LLC will design, engineer, construct and operate a new waste-to-energy power plant for the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County in Florida.

The facility will be sited on 24 acres next to SWA’s existing waste-to-energy plant, which Babcock also designed and built and has operated for more than 20 years. The new plant will be capable of processing more than 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste each day to generate up to 95 megawatts of electricity.

Babcock will supply mass burn boilers, grates, ash systems, metals recovery systems, emissions control equipment—including a dry flue gas desulfurization unit, baghouse, carbon injection and selective catalytic reduction system—duct work and other components, according to the company. The project will also include a metal recovery system in order to maximize the recovery and recycle of aluminum, steel and other metals.

The entire contract is valued at $668 million.

About 900 jobs will be created during some phases of construction of the facility; 325 of which will be full-time construction jobs and 64 which will be permanent jobs at the plant, according to Babcock.

The plant is scheduled for commercial operation in spring 2015.