2 biomass plants commissioned in South Carolina

By Staff | December 30, 2013

EDF Renewable Energy has begun operations of two biomass power plants in South Carolina, a 17.8 megawatt (MW) plant in Allendale County and a 17.8 MW facility in Dorchester County. Together, the two plants make up the Pinelands Biomass project. According to EDF Renewable Energy, the Dorchester plant achieved commercial operations Nov. 1, followed by the Allendale facility Nov. 19. 

The plants interconnect to Santee Cooper’s transmission system adjacent to the sites. Power generated at the facilities is being sold to the utility under 30-year power purchase agreements. 

Each plant features a stoker boiler supplied by Factory Sales Engineering and a steam turbine generator supplied by General Electric. Bibb Engineers is the engineer of record, while Summit Industrial Construction was the general contractor. 

“Biomass is poised to be a key renewable base load energy resource for South Carolina and we are pleased to work with Santee Cooper on this excellent opportunity to produce economically attractive renewable energy,” said Tristan Grimbert, president and CEO of EDF RE.