Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC)

Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC)

BWSC is a global turnkey developer, contractor and operator of tailored medium to large-scale power plants. BWSC deals in projects for conventional engine-based power plants, floating power plants, as well as for selected renewable and hybrid technologies. BWSC takes a leading role in the development of Independent Power Producer (IPP) projects. Our product range also includes transmission lines, distribution systems and generation services. Within the last three decades, BWSC has supplied more than 180 power plants to 53 countries with a total generating capacity in excess of 3,500 MW. Furthermore, BWSC has entered into long-term Technical Support Agreements (TSA) as well as operation and maintenance agreements covering a total accumulated plant capacity in excess of 1,900 MW.

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Gydevang 35 , Allerød , DK-3450 Denmark
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Industry Type:
Power Distribution
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)

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Based on experience, financial solidity and a proven track record, BWSC takes the responsibility for every aspect of:

  • Plant design
  • Construction

BWSC originated from the stationary engine division of Burmeister & Wain (B&W), which has built and installed diesel engines for power plants since 1904. BWSC was established as a separate specialist company in 1980 and was acquired by Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES) in 1990.

In february 2017, two of the original B&W companies were re-united under one roof when BWSC acquired the assets of Burmeister & Wain Energy (BWE) needed to supply and service complete boiler solutions. BWSC is therefore now also a boiler supplier, offering a wide range of biomass boilers for a variety of bio fuels.

BWSC originated as part of Denmark’s Burmeister & Wain Group and  became an independent company in 1980.

Burmeister & Wain Group was a large shipyard and leading diesel engine producer, with its earliest roots dating back to 1843.  The company grew to become one of the leading employers in Copenhagen for nearly a century.

Burmeister & Wain was founded by two Danes, Hans Heinrich Baumgarten and Carl Christian Burmeister. After Baumgarten retired in 1861, the Englishman William Wain joined in as co-owner with Burmeister in 1865.

In 1898, Rudolf Diesel granted Burmeister & Wain A/S exclusive Danish manufacturing rights for the innovative, revolutionary diesel engine, which he had introduced the year before.

In the ensuing years, the company’s diesel engines and licensed designs were used worldwide. 

Selected stationary diesel engine examples:

  • In 1933, the world’s largest 2-stroke diesel engine at the time was delivered by B&W to H.C. Ørsted Power Station
  • In 1952, B&W signed a contract with the Syrian government to deliver engines, pumps and electrical equipment for a water station in Aleppo
  • In 1977, the B&W Contractor division was established to increase the share of B&W stationary diesel engine plants. In the ensuing years, power plant projects in Saudi Arabia were dominant. 

The company’s engine plant and shipyard were separated into two independent companies in 1971.

The engine plant was sold in phases to the German MAN Group in 1979 and 1980. In 1980, the B&W Contractor division was incorporated as BWSC and sold to Götaverken AB in Sweden.

In 1990, Götaverken AB sold BWSC to Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Co. Ltd. (MES), Japan, via MESCO Denmark A/S. 

On 6 February 2017, BWSC entered into an asset deal with Burmeister & Wain Energy (BWE) for the acquisition of their biomass activities and other activities.

BWSC is a reliable partner for efficient and innovative energy solutions. Our aim is to heighten the quality of life of all stakeholders through emphasis on developing energy efficient power plants and ensuring balance between low environmental impact and low cost of ownership for the power plant owners, resulting in reliable power at reasonable costs to the consumers.

At BWSC we pride ourselves in being straightforward, diligent and proactive in our business approach, and in our ability to meet quality, time and budget commitments.

We strive to ensure that BWSC is a stimulating place to work through provision of international and unique design-to-operation project experience, as well as through focus on fair and flexible working conditions.  Our commitment to comply with local rules and regulations, as well as all relevant international conventions, is in line with our endeavour to be a responsible corporate citizen while generating solid financial returns.