Alstom signs contract for Tilbury biomass power station

Power generation company Alstom has signed a contract for a Geared Reaction steam turbine (GRT) at the proposed Tilbury biomass project in the UK.
Alstom signs contract for Tilbury biomass power station

It is the third contract Alstrom has signed this year with Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) and follows two others for 23 MW and 50 MW turbines for schemes in Widnes and Snetterton earlier this year.

The 45 MW waste wood power station will be located on the River Thames near London and will be built by BWSC and Aalborg Energie Technik (AET). Project specific design, engineering and manufacturing will be carried out at one of Alstom’s specialist facilities, with support offered by the UK team. The GRTs are preassembled thereby providing a cost efficient installation and commissioning solution. Alstom has also optimised the GRT to maximise power production, covering renewable and traditional fuel types in addition to industrial applications for process steam.

“This is our fifth contract with BWSC in the UK, all for different sized turbines, showing the advantages of our modular offering to ensure we can offer the customer a GRT turbine that suits the specific requirements” said Daniel Wahler, Alstom VP of Industrial Steam Turbines.

After commissioning in 2017, the Tilbury plant is expected to generate 300 GWh of green electricity per year, enough to supply the power needs of around 80,000 homes, burning around 285,000 tonnes of waste wood a year. The total investment for the project is around DKK 2 billion (265 million euros). The project includes both an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and a 20-year Operation & Maintenance (O&M) contract and the new plant will be owned by a consortium consisting of the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB) and the Irish Utility ‘Electricity Supply Board’(ESB) as majority shareholders with AET as minority shareholder. Senior debt funding is being provided by Danish Export Credit Agency (EKF), Investec and Rabobank.

Up to 300 jobs will be created by the project during its construction phase and nearly 50 permanent jobs in on-going operations.

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