Babcock & Wilcox, Kiewit delivering EPC & Environmental expertise on 200-MW Biomass power plant at Baton Rouge port

April 1, 2022
Project Cyclus will provide power to Fidelis’ 73,000-barrel-per-day Grön Fuels facility, where sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, green hydrogen, and bio-plastic feedstock will be produced

Two historic leaders in power project engineering and construction are teaming up to build a biomass power plant in Louisiana.

Babcock & Wilcox and Kiewit Industrial will establish a net-negative carbon impact biomass power plant at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge, Louisiana for Fidelis New Energy. The planned 200-MW facility, called Project Cyclus, might be the largest of its kind worldwide.

Project Cyclus will provide power to Fidelis’ 73,000-barrel-per-day Grön Fuels facility, where sustainable aviation fuel, renewable diesel, green hydrogen, and bio-plastic feedstock will be produced. The facility will ensure a net-negative CO2 footprint when producing these fuels and feedstock.

The biogenic CO2 will be sequestered in a carbon sink, developed by Capio Sequestration.

B&W will provide the engineering, design, equipment and technology services for the development of the biomass-fueled plant. The B&W Renewable business segment will provide the 200-MW electric, biomass-fueled bubbling fluidized bed and the B&W Environmental segment will provide the OxyBright oxy-combustion technology for CO2 capture and sequestration.

“Our decarbonization solutions, including our OxyBright oxy-combustion technology, are proven technologies,”

B&W Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Jimmy Morgan said. “The Cyclus biomass and carbon capture project is an ideal way to utilize this efficient, effective, game-changing technology.”

Kiewit will provide engineering, procurement and construction services to see the project through to completion and commissioning.

“We’re pleased to continue our long-standing relationship with B&W – this time working closely on a state-of-the-art project that will help Fidelis continue providing innovative green energy solutions in the U.S.,” said Tyler Nordquist, president of Kiewit Industrial. “We’re looking forward to bringing our extensive engineering, procurement and construction experience and resources to this strategic partnership with B&W to safely deliver this important facility.”

The OxyBright technology uses pure oxygen for combustion. It can be used with different fuels to produce a concentrated stream of CO2. For this particular project, the OxyBright process will use biomass fuel, which will include wood chips, wood waste and bagasse, among others.

B&W Environmental will also provide the other environmental technologies needed to control other emissions, like sulfur oxide and nitrogen oxide.

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