Babcock partners with Burns on Ottumwa retrofit project

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (NYSE: BWC) subsidiary Babcock & Wilcox Construction Co. Inc. (BWCC) was awarded part of a contract worth more than $290m to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) environmental control systems for Interstate Power and Light Co.’s (IPL) coal-fired Ottumwa power plant in Ottumwa, Iowa.

B&W’s portion of the contract includes $43m for the design and supply of environmental equipment, which B&W announced previously. BWCC and its joint venture partner, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. Inc., will perform site construction, including the erection of two B&W spray dry absorber (SDA) systems for SO2 control and two pulse jet fabric filter baghouses to control particulate emissions at the 726-MW, coal-fired Ottumwa plant. The team also will provide engineering services for the balance of plant and supply flues, fans, foundations and electrical work.

“B&W thanks IPL and its parent company, Alliant Energy Corp., for selecting us for this project and other recent work we’ve been awarded at their generating stations,” said J. Randall Data, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group President and COO. “Burns & McDonnell and B&W have an excellent working relationship and both of our organizations have a very successful track record of executing large power projects like this.”

Work is underway at the construction site. Start up and commissioning of environmental equipment is scheduled to be substantially complete by January 2015. IPL has said Ottumwa is a single-unit, 726-MW (nameplate) plant that is co-owned with MidAmerican Energy.

Alliant (NYSE: LNT) unit IPL has also said that at the coal-fired Lansing Unit 4, planning has been underway for a circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) dry scrubber for this unit. That scrubber project is expected to go into service in 2015.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., B&W is a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets, as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.