Babcock Power RSCR Honored with Excellence in Construction Award

November 10, 2009

Babcock Power Environmental Inc. (BPE), located in Worcester, MA, a subsidiary of Babcock Power Inc., based in Danvers, MA, announced today that its contractor for the RSCR project at the JC McNeil Generating Station in Burlington, VT was awarded the Association of Builders and Contractors (ABC) Excellence in Construction Award. BPE’s Regenerative Selective Catalytic Reduction (RSCR®) system was the major piece of equipment recently installed at the McNeil site by the Abington Group, Inc. of Portsmouth, NH.

ABC is a national association with 79 chapters representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms with two million employees. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. ABC’s Award in Excellence Program recognizes outstanding construction projects across the nation. The Abington Group entered BPE’s RSCR project into the Heavy Industrial Construction category for consideration, which includes manufacturing plants and facilities, refineries and similar types of construction, and was selected for the Excellence in Construction award.

The NOx reduction unit, which was designed by Babcock Power Environmental of Worcester, MA and installed by the Abington Group, is having a positive impact in reducing emissions in Burlington. NOx is a gas that can contribute to smog formation and can have negative impacts on human health. BPE’s RSCR System targets tail-end/low temperature applications primarily firing biomass and similar renewables where the flue gas is relatively clean of particulates and has low sulfur content.

The RSCR system combines BPE’s expertise in providing SCRs (Selective Catalytic Reduction systems) for major utility installations with proven heat-recovery technology and high thermal efficiency, offering a compact, efficient, modular product which is capable of 80% NOx removal, or higher.

“We are pleased to have our project and contractor recognized by ABC for an outstanding construction project. BPE’s RSCR design strives to maximize the modularization of major components, keeping installation time at the site to a minimum, helping to further reduce total project installation time and cost,” stated Jim Dougherty, President, Babcock Power Environmental Inc.

Burlington Electric Department (BED), a municipally owned electric utility department for the city of Burlington, VT, serves about 16,000 residential customers and more than 3,600 commercial customers. BED is also the operator and 50 percent owner of the Joseph C. McNeil Wood-Powered Electric Facility. The remaining owners include; Central Vermont Public Service Corporation, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Green Mountain Power Corporation. It was the world’s largest wood-burning facility when it was launched in 1984, and remains one of the largest today.

Babcock Power Inc. ( is one of the world’s leading suppliers of technology, equipment and services to the power generation industry. Babcock Power designs, manufactures and services heat recovery steam generators through its Vogt Power International Inc. subsidiary located in Louisville, KY; provides heat exchangers and after market services, including moisture separator reheaters, steam surface condensers and feedwater heaters for fossil-fired and nuclear plants through its Thermal Engineering International (USA) Inc. subsidiary located in Santa Fe Springs, CA; and provides new steam generators, environmental solutions (including SCRs, flue gas scrubbers and mercury removal
systems), and a complete portfolio of after market solutions to the electric utility and waste-to-energy industries for any OEM’s boiler through its subsidiaries located in Worcester, MA., Lyman, SC and Duncan, SC.