Power in peat

Foster Wheeler’s Finland-based subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy has been awarded a $342.2 million power plant contract by the Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board.

Foster Wheeler’s Finland-based subsidiary Foster Wheeler Energia Oy has been awarded a $342.2 million power plant contract by the Irish state-owned Electricity Supply Board (ESB).

The contract covers the engineering, procurement and construction of two peat-fired power plants of 150 MWe and 100 MWe capacity, respectively, in the Irish Midlands.

The new plants will use Foster Wheeler’s circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) boiler technology, which can be used to burn low-calorific-value fuel, such as peat in full compliance with the latest European Union environmental emission norms.

Foster Wheeler has supplied peat-fuel boilers since 1977. A total of 51 boilers, with a combined capacity of close to 3,000 MWth, have been delivered by Foster Wheeler Energia Oy for firing peat primarily, while another 22 boilers, totalling approximately 2,000 MWth, have been supplied that use peat as a secondary fuel.

The new plants will be built at two ESB sites over the next three years. When the new plants begin commercial generation at the end of 2004, older plants at these sites will be decomissioned, and ageing plants at two other ESB sites will be retired.

The contract brings Foster Wheeler Energia Oy’s unfilled orders (backlog) to their highest level ever, and builds on the success of its other recent power plant bookings in Poland, Estonia and Germany.