Drax Satellite Mills Go With BE&E
Drax Group has chosen Biomass Engineering & Equipment to supply material handling, layout engineering, and mechanical installation for its three recently announced pellet plants in Arkansas. BE&E will manufacture bulk receiving bins, disc screeners, SMART conveyors, SMART containers and covered pellet load-out stations. Also included in BE&E’s scope is the procurement of dust control systems and pellet silos.
Rendering of a satellite mill Drax Biomass plans to build in the U.S. Southeast. Biomass Engineering & Equipment designed the layout and is supplying material handling systems.
The three plants are each expected to produce 120,000 tonnes of pellets per year from sawmill residues, supporting Drax’s plans to increase self-supply for its power station in the UK. Drax uses biomass to generate low-carbon renewable electricity at its power station in North Yorkshire.
Construction has begun on the first of these plants, and commissioning is expected in October.
“BE&E has been very accommodating to the design process,” says Craig Beckham, PE with Hunt, Guillot & Associates, who worked on the project with BE&E. “The (BE&E) equipment is versatile and easily adjustable in length and orientation. It accommodates the fit and layout design you need.”
BE&E President and CEO Dane Floyd comments, “This has been an exciting opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities and expertise. The team we’ve gathered to take on projects of this scale is unmatched in the industry, and we’re confident Drax will benefit from our work. We look forward to future opportunities for turnkey pellet plants.”
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