Excel Energy contracts Missouri firm

Missouri-based engineering, architecture and consulting firm Burns & McDonnell will perform engineering services, procurement and construction support services for the design and installation of a biomass gasifier at Xcel Energy's Bay Front Power Plant in Ashland, Wis.
The company will assist Xcel in converting the last of three coal-fired boilers to a waste-wood feedstock, including wood left behind in logging operations and forests, according to Burns & McDonnell. Engineering and design technology evaluation is underway on the 73-megawatt plant and construction is slated to begin in 2011, with operation in 2012. Burns & McDonnell will review and finalize project costs, as well.