When operational in 2012 the facility will be the UK’s second-largest wood-burning biomass power plant.

London, United Kingdom [WorldofRenewables.com]

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Parsons Brinckerhoff, the international engineering consultant, has secured a key delivery role on a new 65 MW biomass power plant for RWE npower renewables at Stallingborough, near the Humberside port of Immingham.

As ‘Third Party Engineer’ for RWE, Parsons Brinckerhoff will now review the current concept plant design developed for the client under an earlier contract and undertake detailed design for seven major contractor work packages for which it will produce the specifications and tender documents.

Parsons Brinckerhoff will also assess the capital and operational expenditure profile for the facility along with its potential risk profile, reliability and thermal performance, in collaboration with RWE. This information will be essential for RWE’s senior management when sanctioning detailed design and construction to proceed.

A key factor in RWE’s appointment of Parsons Brinckerhoff was its ability to take the entire project from conceptual design through to the necessary levels of detail to let the key packaged contracts.

Nick Flew, Managing Director of Parsons Brinckerhoff’s European business, said: “This important award highlights how Parsons Brinckerhoff can deliver integrated single-source solutions on complex and challenging projects. It also reinforces our leading position in the renewable energy sector which will play an important role in reducing carbon emissions and in providing a crucial balance to the energy generation mix of the future.”

When operational in 2013, the new combined heat and power ready facility will be the UK’s second-largest wood-burning biomass power plant, providing electricity to the national grid. It will burn a mixture of recycled and virgin woodchip from the UK in addition to locally grown energy crops.

Parsons Brinckerhoff’s contract is scheduled for completion in October this year following the assessment of work package tenders for RWE. The seven work packages consist of site preparation, boiler island, steam turbine/generator, electrical and controls, fuel handling and storage, balance of plant and civil and building works.

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