Alstom is to design and supply an 18 MW geared reaction steam turbine for a biomass plant being built by inNorthern Ireland.

The wood-fuelled biomass plant (pictured as an artist’s impression) will be built in Lisahally by Danish power plant specialist Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor and is expected to become operational in 2015.

It is part-funded by the UK government’s Green Investment Bank and Danish EKF (Export Credit Agency).

Alstom will design and make the turbine at its factories in the UK, Hungary and Poland.

Alstom said the GRT turbine is pre-assembled in the factory before shipment and requires a simple foundation to which it is easy to anchor the steam turbine generator package, “saving money on installation and commissioning times”.