Under the terms of the contract, Doosan Babcock will deliver the complete scope of boiler works, including the modification of mills and electrostatic precipitators, and the replacement of fans, a low NOx combustion system and ash handling systems. Once completed, the plant will consume approximately 1.4 million tonnes of sustainable wood pellets per year for the next ten years, providing an important source of green energy as the UK works to introduce other low CO2 technologies, such as nuclear.
Doosan Babcock has played an instrumental role in the development of the Lynemouth biomass conversion project. In mid-2013, the company was awarded the initial FEED (front end engineering design) study, before being selected as preferred bidder in October 2014. Over the last two years, the company has conducted full-scale development and testing of the biomass burner at its Clean Combustion Test Facility in Renfrew, UK and this will be deployed at Lynemouth.
Commenting on the contract win, Andrew Hunt, CEO of Doosan Babcock, said: “The signing of the Lynemouth coal-to-biomass conversion project provides a major reference for Doosan Babcock’s low-carbon energy technologies, as well as a major step forward in the supply of secure, clean energy for UK consumers. We are delighted to be working with our customer EPH on this high profile venture.”
EPH (Energetický a Průmyslový Holding, a.s.), a Czech utility and energy trading company, acquired Lynemouth power station and the associated biomass conversion project from RWE at the beginning of 2016.