July 28, 2008

Foster Wheeler Wins Contract for Biomass CFB Steam Generator in Belgium

Foster Wheeler has announced that its Finnish subsidiary, Foster Wheeler Energia, part of its Global Power Group, has won a contract from Prokon Nord Energiesysteme for a 26 gross megawatt electric circulating fluidized-bed steam generator to be located in Oostrozebeke, Belgium.

The new biomass-fired circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) will be owned by A&S Energy, a partnership between the renewable power company, Aspiravi, and the wood products manufacturing firm Spano, which operates a facility in Oostrozebeke and which will be responsible for the supply of non-recyclable wood residue to be used as fuel. The electricity produced will be sold to the local grid.

Foster Wheeler has received a full notice to proceed on this contract. The terms of the award were not disclosed, and the contract will be included in the company's bookings for the second quarter of 2008.

Foster Wheeler will design and supply the steam generator and auxiliary equipment. Commercial operation of the new boiler is scheduled for the autumn of 2010.

Tomas Harju-Jeanty, president and CEO of Foster Wheeler Energia, said: "Foster Wheeler's CFB technology provides environmentally friendly fuel flexibility for demolition wood fired plants, such as this. The proven design of this fourth CFB to Prokon Nord reflects the success of Foster Wheeler's previous deliveries to the green energy power market."