Foster Wheeler awarded $18 million

Foster Wheeler North America has been awarded over $18 million to design and supply a 55 MW boiler for a power plant fuelled almost entirely by poultry litter.

Foster Wheeler announced today that its subsidiary, Foster Wheeler North America, has been awarded a contract valued in excess of $18 million by SNC-Lavalin Power of Redmond, Washington.

Foster Wheeler’s Canadian subsidiary will design and supply a 55 MW boiler for Fibrominn’s green energy project in Benson, Minnesota. This will be the first US power plant to use poultry litter as its primary fuel. SNC Lavalin is the EPC (engineering, procurement and construction ) contractor for the project.

“In addition to providing an alternative, more environmentally friendly method of disposing of poultry-litter waste, the plant’s only by-product is ash that can be recycled as fertiliser,” said Bernard H. Cherry, president and chief executive officer.

“This plant also contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas production through the displacement of existing fossil-fuelled generation by carbon-neutral biomass electricity,” continued Cherry.

The Benson plant will burn over 700,000 tons of poultry litter and other biomass fuels per year under a long-term supply agreement with Minnesota poultry producers. The plant is expected to be operational in 2007.