Babcock & Wilcox to construct waste-to-energy power plant

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Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) and its partner BE&K Construction have been awarded a contract worth more than $668m (£410.4m) to engineer, design, procure and construct a new waste-to-energy power plant for the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Florida.

B&W was also awarded a contract to provide operation and maintenance (O&M) services for the new facility. The first 10-year phase of the 20-year O&M agreement is valued at approximately $235m.

The facility, once complete, will be capable of processing 3,000 tons of municipal solid waste per day to produce electricity and significantly reduce the amount of waste sent to the county’s landfill. The project scope includes the installation of a metals recovery system to maximise the recovery and recycle of aluminium, steel and other metals.

The new plant is to be located on 24 acres adjacent to the SWA’s existing waste-to-energy plant, the Palm Beach Renewable Energy Facility No.1, which has been operated by B&W for more than two decades.

The project is expected to create the equivalent of 325 full-time construction jobs in West Palm Beach, with more than 900 people to be employed during some phases of construction. When operational, the new plant will employ 64 permanent, full-time workers.

B&W engineering, technical and support personnel are expected to begin design work this month. Furnace wall panels, boiler pressure parts and various components will be fabricated in B&W’s North American plants.

The waste-to-energy plant is scheduled for commercial operation in spring 2015.