Firms awarded $110m deal to replace equipment at Ottumwa plant

A joint venture between Babcock & Wilcox (NYSE:BWC) and Burns & McDonnell has been awarded a $110m contract to replace auxiliary equipment at Interstate Power and Light (IPL) Ottumwa coal power plant in Ottumwa, Iowa.

IPL is part of Alliant Energy (NYSE:LNT)

B&W announced the agreement July 31. The scope of the project includes turbine rotor replacement, boiler pressure parts replacement, and balance of plant equipment, as well as construction services. The boiler’s pressure parts will be designed and supplied by B&W.

B&W announced in 2012 that the joint venture was awarded a contract to engineer, procure and construct (EPC) the plant’s environmental control systems. The auxiliary equipment replacement will be performed concurrently with the plant’s previously planned environmental upgrades. Material delivery for this portion of the project is scheduled for July 2014.

Ottumwa is listed as in GenerationHub data as a 726-MW (nameplate) facility that burns sub-bituminous coal. IPL has said it plans to install an SO2 scrubber system at Ottumwa.

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