On April 13, 2011, Babcock & Wilcox Power Generation Group, Inc. (B&W PGG), a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) and its consortium partner, BE&K Construction Company, LLC (BE&K), a subsidiary of KBR, Inc., were selected to build a new, state-of-the-art waste-to-energy power plant for the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County in West Palm Beach, Fla. CDM Constructors, Inc. will be a major sub-contractor to BE&K for this project.
The SWA also selected B&W PGG to operate and provide maintenance services once the plant is operational. The B&W project team has provided a facility design that, when constructed, will be visually impressive, energy efficient and environmentally friendly - setting a new standard for renewable energy projects in the United States.
The new renewable energy facility will be located immediately north of the SWA's existing Palm Beach County Renewable Energy Facility No. 1 on Jog Road in West Palm Beach. It will reduce the amount of waste currently being landfilled by up to 85 percent, delaying for many years the need to develop a new landfill in Palm Beach County.
The plant will process 1 million tons of municipal solid waste per year and generate enough electricity to power 56,000 homes. The plant will be equipped with advanced control technology to reduce emissions. In addition, the emissions permit limits will be the lowest of any renewable energy facility combusting municipal solid waste in the United States.
The B&W project team is committed to designing and delivering an outstanding product while also supporting the economy and creating jobs for the citizens of Palm Beach County.
The B&W team fully shares the SWA's strong commitment to support the Palm Beach County economy, not only during construction, but also during the 20-year operation period. To have the largest, sustained positive impact on the local economy, we have developed a comprehensive program that focuses on maximizing local hiring, the supply of goods and services from local businesses and the direct use of local and state minority-owned businesses, women-owned businesses and small business enterprises - an approach used by B&W PGG at the county's existing waste-to-energy facility for more than 20 years.
B&W PGG has power generation systems and equipment found in more than 800 utilities and industries in over 90 countries. B&W PGG is a subsidiary of The Babcock & Wilcox Company. B&W a leader in clean energy technology and services, primarily for the nuclear, fossil and renewable power markets as well as a premier advanced technology and mission critical defense contractor. B&W has locations worldwide and employs approximately 12,000 people, in addition to approximately 10,000 joint venture employees.
BE&K is a subsidiary of KBR. With more than 35,000 employees in 45 countries on five continents, KBR is one of the world's premiere engineering, procurement and construction companies. With a proud and distinguished history of more than a century, KBR has evolved into a prominent part of the energy, petrochemicals, government services and civil infrastructure sectors.
CDM Constructors, Inc. is serving as a sub-contractor to BE&K on the Palm Beach County waste-to-energy project. CDM employs more than 4,500 people and is a consulting, engineering, construction, and operations firm delivering exceptional client service to public and private clients worldwide.
The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County is the governmental agency responsible for providing an economical and environmentally conscious integrated solid waste management system for Palm Beach County, FL. With approximately 400 employees, the SWA provides solid waste disposal and recycling services and programs to the County's 1.4 million residents and businesses. The SWA also provides solid waste and recycling collection services to the residents and businesses in unincorporated Palm Beach County through private haulers under exclusive franchise agreements.