Beumer has been selected to provide design/build services for a new recycled ash pipe conveyor system at the A.B. Brown Generating Station located near Mount Vernon, Indiana, which is owned by Vectren. The project is expected to begin immediately and continue through 2020.

The one-mile-long pipe conveyor will transport material from the power station’s ash pond to its barge loading facility on the Ohio River. In addition to supplying the pipe conveyor, Beumer’s scope of work includes the design and supply of a reclaim hopper and belt feeder to receive wet ash at the pond site, and a transfer conveyor to feed the new pipe conveyor. The company will also design, fabricate, and supply upgrade modifications to the existing barge loading facility at A.B. Brown Station to convert from a dry loading system to one that will load the wet excavated ponded material. The full scope of services will include design, engineering, fabrication, supply, instrumentation and controls, and technical support during the construction and start-up phases of the project.

“Beumer’s long-distance pipe conveyor technology has proven to be an environmentally safe solution for coal ash transportation that virtually eliminates the risk of spilled material or fugitive dust,” said Brad Williams, vice president, sales and business development for Beumer. “The A.B. Brown project is the third significant ash-handling system Beumer has been awarded recently, as the pipe conveyor system is especially well suited for [it].”

The pipe conveyor technology forms the transport belt into a tube, or pipe, that can navigate horizontal and vertical curves as well as high inclinations. As a result, material can be transported over difficult topography or around existing structures without the use of transfer towers.