PROJECT COST: $164.6 million

North County Resource Recovery Plant Refurbishment
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North County Resource Recovery Plant Refurbishment

The Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, Fla., hired BE&K, a division of KBR, to provide engineering, procurement and construction services for the refurbishment of its North County waste-to-energy resource recovery facility.

The North County Resource Recovery Plant, located in West Palm Beach, is a two-boiler waste-to-energy facility burning 1,800 tons per day of municipal solid waste, located on Jog Road in West Palm Beach, Fla. The steam produced from the combustion of the refuse is used to power a 60MW steam turbine. Additionally, a high percentage of the metals in the waste stream is recovered and sold for recycling.

BE&K�s contract consists of EPC responsibility for the refurbishment of the facility, the goal of which is to extend its service life by an estimated 20 years.

Many of the two boilers� internals will be replaced. The project also calls for upgrades to the electrical and control systems and upgrades to the plant�s pollution control equipment. Electrostatic precipitators will be removed and replaced with fabric filter houses for each of the boilers.

Key Facts:

Location: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Owner: Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach Co.
Builder/Engineer: BE&K, Birmingham, Ala.
Start Date: Sept. 2009
Completion Date: February 2011

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