On April 26, 2006, a turnkey contract for the construction and delivery of a 14 MW Biomass fired power station was signed between Western Wood Energy based in Port Talbot, Wales, and a consortium consisting of Aalborg Energie Technik and Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S.
The 14 MW power station is designed to operate as a base load power unit on 100% capacity. Each component forming an integrated part of the whole plant is especially designed for utilizing wood chips as fuel in a proper and optimized way. The plant consists of the following main components:
- A Fuel Handling System of wood chips
- A Steam Boiler and an integrated Firing System with an advanced Grate for complete burnout of the wood chips and limited formation of NOx
- A bag filter as an efficient de-dusting and particulates catching system
- A conventional Steam Turbine
- An Air-Cooled Condenser.
Commercial operation is scheduled to start in June 2008. Local Welsh sub-contractors will be involved in the construction and erection of the plant thus increasing local employment.
The Western Wood Energy project will generate approximately 110,000,000 kWh, which is enough electricity to meet the needs of about 31,000 homes.
The project’s renewable energy credentials have made it possible to secure substantial grants from the Welsh European Funding Office and the DTI Bio-energy Capital Grant Scheme.
Global, regional and national politicians have all agreed that climate change is a critical issue and that greenhouse gas emissions must be limited. The implementation of renewable energy technologies helps obtaining this goal by reducing the dependence on fossil fuel combustion and thereby reducing the carbon dioxide emissions.
This project is very important to BWSC as it is the company’s first biomass renewable energy project supporting our vision of extending our product range in the direction of more environmentally friendly technologies.