Foster Wheeler to supply boilers for first RDF-fueled power plant in Japan

CLINTON, N.J., Nov. 30, 2000 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Foster Wheeler Corporation (NYSE:FWC) announced that its Japanese subsidiary, Foster Wheeler K.K., has been awarded a contract by Fuji Electric Company to supply two sets of 6 MW circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boilers for Japan’s first power plant firing refuse-derived fuel. The contract is valued at approximately $15 million.

The power plant, to be constructed in Mie Prefecture, about 80 miles east of Osaka, will burn 200 tons per day of refuse-derived fuel (RDF). Fuji Electric is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

A spokesperson for Foster Wheeler said that the two RDF-fired CFB boilers will generate steam at 6.2 MPa and 443 degrees centigrade to power a 12 MW condensing steam turbine. This configuration enabled the project to obtain a subsidy from the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan.

Construction of the new plant is expected to begin in 2001, with commercial operation scheduled for December of the following year.

The RDF to be burned at the plant will be derived from processed municipal waste from Mie Prefecture and surrounding areas. The overall system, employing advanced CFB technology, represents an environmentally friendly, economical and highly efficient use of municipal waste compared with incineration or older burn technologies.

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