Profile: The Babcock & Wilcox Co (BWC.N)
3 Dec 2013
The Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W), incorporated on March 8, 2010, is a technology innovator in power generation systems, a specialty constructor of nuclear components and a service provider in its segments. The Company provides a variety of products and services to customers in the power and other steam-using industries, including electric utilities and other power generators, industrial customers in various other industries, and the United States Government. The Company operates in four business segments: Power Generation, Nuclear Operations, Technical Services and Nuclear Energy.
Through Power Generation segment, the Company supplies boilers fired with fossil fuels, such as coal, oil and natural gas, or renewable fuels, such as biomass, municipal solid waste and concentrated solar energy. In addition, the Company supplies environmental equipment and components and related services to customers in different regions around the world. The Company designs , engineers, manufactures, supplys, constructs and services utility and industrial power generation systems, including boilers used to generates steam in electric power plants, pulp and paper making, chemical and process applications and other industrial uses.
Power Generation segment specializes in engineering, manufacturing, procurement and erection of equipment used in the power generation industry and various other industries, and the provision of related services, including engineered-to-order services, products and systems for energy conversion worldwide and related auxiliary equipment, such as burners, pulverizers, soot blowers and ash handling systems; heavy-pressure equipment for energy conversion, such as boilers fueled by coal, oil, bitumen, natural gas, municipal solid waste, biomass and other fuels; environmental control systems, including both wet and dry scrubbers for flue gas desulfurization, modules for selective catalytic reduction of the oxides of nitrogen, equipment to capture particulate matter, such as fabric filter baghouses and wet and dry electrostatic precipitators, and similar devices, and power plant equipment and related heavy mechanical erection services.
The Company supports primarily fossil operating plants with a variety of additional services, including the installation of new systems and replacement parts, engineering services, construction, inspection, maintenance and field technical services, such as condition assessments and inventory services. The Company offers a range of construction services through a wholly owned subsidiary including erection of utility and industrial boiler plants and installations of cogeneration facilities and pollution control equipment, such as selective catalytic reduction systems and flue gas desulfurization scrubbers.
The Company also provides power through cogeneration, refuse-fueled power plants and other independent power-producing facilities. In this market, the Company owns and operates facilities, supply equipment and serve as contractors for engineer-procure-construct services and operations and maintenance.
Through Nuclear Operations segment, the Company engineers , design and manufactures precision naval nuclear components and reactors for the United States Department of Energy (DOE)/National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.The Company's Nuclear Operations segment specializes in the design and manufacture of close-tolerance and equipment for nuclear applications. In addition, the Company is a manufacturer of critical nuclear components, fuels and assemblies for government and limited commercial uses. The Company also converts or downblend high-enriched uranium into low-enriched fuel for uses in commercial reactors to generate electricity. The Company has also been a provider in the receipt, storage, characterization, dissolution, recovery and purification of a variety of uranium-bearing materials. All phases of uranium downblending and uranium recovery are provided at the Company's Lynchburg, Virginia and Erwin, Tennessee sites.
The Company works closely with the DOE-supported nuclear non-proliferation program. This program is assisting in the development of a high-density, low-enriched uranium fuel required for high-enriched uranium test reactor conversions.
Through Technical Services segment, the Company provides various services to the United States Government, including uranium processing, environmental site restoration services and management and operating services for various United States Government-owned facilities. These services are provided to the DOE, including the NNSA, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Science, the Department of Defense and the Office of Environmental Management.
The Company’s principal operations include managing and operating nuclear production facilities; managing and operating environmental management sites; managing spent nuclear fuel and transuranic waste for the DOE, and providing critical skills and resources for DOE sites.The Company manages and operates complex, high-consequence nuclear and national security operations for the DOE and the NNSA, primarily through its joint ventures. The Company's Technical Services segment's overall activity primarily depends on authorized spending levels of the DOE, NNSA, the Office of Nuclear Energy, the Office of Science, the Department of Defense and the Office of Environmental Management.
Through Nuclear Energy segment, the Company supplies commercial nuclear steam generators and components to nuclear utility customers. In addition, this segment offers a full spectrum of services for steam generators and balance of plant equipment, as well as nondestructive examination and tooling/repair solutions for other plant systems and components. The Company's Nuclear Energy segment fabricates pressure vessels, reactors, steam generators, heat exchangers and other auxiliary equipment. This segment also provides specialized engineering and maintenance services and power plant construction. This segment specializes in performing full scope, prototype design work coupled with manufacturing integration. The Company is developing the B&W mPower reactor, a small modular reactor design with the flexibility to provide between 180 megawatts to greater than 1,000 megawatts of electrical power generation (in increments of 180 megawatts) and the capacity to operate for a four year operating cycle without refueling.
The Company competes with Alstom S.A., Doosan Babcock, Babcock Power, Inc., Foster Wheeler AG., Hitachi, Ltd., Bechtel National, Inc., URS Corporation, CH2M Hill, Inc., Fluor Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., AREVA Inc., EnergySolutions, Inc. and Northrop Grumman Corporation.
The Babcock & Wilcox Co
13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place
CHARLOTTE NC 28277