January 7, 2014, Selma, Ala. –
Aconex, provider of the world’s most widely used construction project management software, is supporting Zilkha Biomass Energy in the design and building of a black pellet fuel plant at New Energy closed pellet mill site in Selma Alabama, USA Projected output capacity is 275,000 metric tons per year and the plant is expected to be completed and fully operational by early 2015.
Zilkha uses the Aconex Online Collaboration Platform to manage project information and processes across a multi-company team of contractors, consultants, subcontractors, and vendors involved in construction of the new plant.
“After reviewing several project information management solutions, we found that Aconex was the best fit for our needs,” said Clyde Stearns, vice president of engineering at Zilkha. “While our selection was based primarily on technology, the company’s training and support of our users have made the total solution even more valuable. ”
The Zilkha Black Pellet is made of woody biomass – compressed green wood that is pre-dried to reduce moisture content. It has higher energy density than conventional white pellets, without the safety risks, and is waterproof to decrease storage and transportation costs. As a next-generation renewable fuel, black pellets can seamlessly replace coal, which is currently the world’s primary source of energy. Zilkha opened its first commercial production facility, with a capacity of 40,000 metric tons per year, in Crockett, Texas in 2010.
Stearns indicated that during the course of the Selma plant construction, users from up to 20 different organizations will review, mark up and approve documents and drawings and communicate with each other on the Aconex platform. Project set-up took two weeks, and users with widely varying technical skills were productive soon after that.
“Our engagement with Zilkha further demonstrates the value of Aconex in the U.S. power sector,” said Frank Kopas, general manager of the Americas at Aconex.