ESI Partners with Crowder Construction for the Conversion of Dominion Power Stations

ESI Inc of Tennessee has been selected by Crowder Construction to partner in three biomass conversions for Dominion Virginia Power. Dominion Virginia Power plans to repower the two existing boilers at each of its three electricity-generating power stations to burn biomass fuel, a renewable energy source. The nearly identical 63 MW coal-fired plants are located in Altavista, Hopewell, and Southampton, Virginia, and have all been in operation since 1992.

Once converted, the facilities will use waste wood left over from regional timber operations to produce approximately 50MW of electricity each.

ESI will oversee the engineering and procurement of equipment for the biomass conversion at each of these facilities. The transformation at each existing plant will include, but is not limited to, a new Biomass Fuel receiving storage and handling system, boiler modifications and over fire air system (OFA) modifications, new ash handling system, economizers, soot blowers, and air quality control equipment modifications, including upgrades to the SNCR system and baghouse.

Crowder Construction will be responsible for the Construction material supply and services for the projects.

Project construction will start third quarter of 2012 and the facilities are scheduled to be running on biomass by 2013.

ESI Inc of Tennessee is a design engineering and EPC construction firm specializing in the production of steam and power firing biomass fuels. ESI has over 30 years of experience providing engineering, feasibility studies, construction, start-up, operator training, and rental equipment services to industrial and utility clients with energy related opportunities. The company prides itself on providing innovative, cost effective, and environmentally friendly solutions, while making a positive contribution to the renewable energy movement. For more information, visit

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