MJW Installs Innovative Truck Dumper System for Drax Biomass // August 2017

Drax Biomass, an Atlanta-based wood products company that uses innovative techniques to manufacture pellets as a renewable, low-carbon fuel, has contracted with MJW Consolidated to bring innovation and efficiency to its wood-chip unloading process as well.

MJW is installing two BRUKS® truck-dumper systems and associated equipment at the Drax Amite BioEnergy facility in Gloster, MS. The dumpers reduce the time required to unload chips at the plant by eliminating the need to decouple the trailer from the truck tractor. Instead, the truck backs onto a platform, which is elevated at a 75-degree angle by two massive hydraulic pistons, allowing the chips to flow from the trailer into a receiving hopper.


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MJW is responsible for unloading, staging, assembling and erecting the truck dumps as well as conveyor systems, screens, silo with screw reclaimer and bucket elevator. The project began in mid June and completion is scheduled for early September. Throughout construction, MJW is working closely with the Amite BioEnergy production team to ensure operations can continue without disruption.

Wood pellets produced at Amite BioEnergy and other Drax Biomass facilities are shipped around the world, allowing electric utilities to reduce their dependence on coal, to lower carbon emissions and to provide new sources of safe, reliable and affordable power.

MJW Increases Firewater Flow, Flexibility for BP Illinois Terminal // July 2017

MJW Consolidated recently completed the design and installation of new, custom-made fire protection equipment at BP petroleum storage terminal in Mokena, IL, to provide additional flexibility and flow capacity for the site’s firewater system.

MJW performed detailed system analysis and worked closely with the local fire department to determine the appropriate location, size and configuration for a new high capacity fire hose connection manifold, capable of supporting the targeted firewater flow of 7,600 gallons per minute.

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Because of its size, the large-flow manifold required custom design and construction. The unit was built by MJW Consolidated fabrication shop in Titusville, FL, which also fabricates components for the NASA Kennedy Space Center complex. The Titusville shop completed the manifold on an accelerated 6-week timeline, enabling the entire project to finish a week ahead of schedule.

As always, safety was the focal point during the entire installation at this active storage tank terminal. The combination of safety, professionalism and efficient cross-disciplinary execution demonstrated why MJW is a preferred contractor for numerous specialized industrial clients in the US and abroad.