Alstom wins second biomass turbine contract in U.K.

It is expected to produce enough energy to supply around 70,000 homes with power

Alstom signed a power generation contract with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) to design and supply a 45 MW geared reaction steam turbine for the Brigg renewable energy plant in the U.K.

The Brigg power station, which is expected to be operational from early 2016, will be commissioned primarily fuelled using locally sourced straw but will also burn wood. It is expected to produce enough energy to supply around 70,000 homes with power.

This is the second contract signed between the two companies for a turbine of this type in a U.K. biomass power station, following an agreement last year on the 15.8 MW wood-fuelled Lisahally scheme in Northern Ireland.

The turbine is pre-assembled in an Alstom facility before shipment and just requires a simple foundation to which the steam turbine generator package is anchored, as a result saving money during installation and commissioning.

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