BW awarded $18m contract for Pawnee reheater replacement

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (BW) announced Feb. 12 that its subsidiary, The Babcock & Wilcox Co. (B&W), has been awarded a contract for more than $18 million to engineer, manufacture and install a replacement reheater at Xcel Energy’s (NYSE: XEL) Pawnee power plant near Brush, Colo.

The components, which include horizontal and vertical reheater banks, will be manufactured in B&W’s Monterrey, Mexico, facility and are scheduled for delivery in February.

The B&W reheater also features redesigned wall attachments that will facilitate simpler and faster installation. Start-up of the 500-MW Pawnee Unit 1 is scheduled for May 2016, B&W said.

“Xcel Energy is a long-time B&W customer, and we value our strong professional relationship,” said B&W Global Services Division Sr. Vice President Mark Low. “We believe our technically advanced design will offer a significant improvement in the operation of the unit.”

Xcel Energy’s Public Service Co. of Colorado utility is upgrading its emission controls and related equipment at the Pawnee and Hayden plants, GenerationHub has reported.

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