Florida DEP approves upgrade for Brooksville power plant

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Nov. 29 issued to Florida Power Development LLC a final air construction permit that authorizes the installation of 18 additional soot blowers in the backpass section of the biomass-fired boiler at the Brooksville Power Plant in Hernando County.

Brooksville is an existing 80-MW facility that consists of: a woody biomass grate suspension boiler; biomass handling and storage; in-duct sorbent injection system (IDSIS); bottom ash storage and handling facilities; and, fuel oil storage tanks. The plant was converted earlier this decade from firing coal. The boiler fires woody biomass as the primary fuel with ultralow sulfur distillate (ULSD) fuel oil and natural gas used for startup, shutdown and bed stabilization fuels. 

Florida Power Development was approved to install 18 soot blowers in the backpass section of the biomass boiler to remove ash from the tubes. The additional soot blowers are needed to improve the efficiency of the boiler and extend the time between cleaning outages.

A company contact is: Brent Yatman, Power Plant Manager, brent.yatman@fpdbrooksville.com.

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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.