Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) (NYSE:BW) announced today that its B&W Environmental segment will supply a patented ash-handling solution to help a Wisconsin utility meet state and federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.
B&W Environmental will design and manufacture two patented Allen-Sherman-Hoff® Submerged Grind Conveyor (SGC) systems for We Energies' Oak Creek Power Plant, located near Milwaukee. The contract value is approximately $2 million and was awarded to B&W's subsidiary, The Babcock & Wilcox Company.
As utilities work to meet federal EPA effluent limitation guidelines (ELG), combustion residuals requirements and state environmental regulations, B&W Environmental's SGC system offers a solution that uses no ash transport water, resulting in a closed-loop process with no liquid discharge into the environment. This is a significant step to reduce environmental impact.
"B&W Environmental's advanced technologies can help our customers produce cleaner energy while protecting the environment," said B&W Chief Operating Officer Jimmy Morgan. "As a complete energy and environmental solutions provider with decades of experience in all types of power production, we are uniquely positioned to serve this market."
B&W Environmental's SGC system offers a simplified and cost-effective solution that meets zero liquid discharge bottom ash removal requirements and is designed to function optimally in each plant's unique layout. The B&W Environmental SGC system doesn't require the removal or displacement of bottom ash hoppers or slag tanks, ash gates, clinker grinders, transfer enclosures and other existing equipment so installation can be accelerated, saving both time and costs compared to other bottom ash conveyance systems.