Cape Breton biomass plant proceeds despite turbine delay

Nova Scotia Power and NewPage Port Hawkesbury are proceeding with a 60 MW biomass cogeneration facility in Nova Scotia, Canada.

The turbine manufacturer Mitsubishi Power Systems initially declared force majeure in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami earlier this year, but construction is now back on track with Mitsubishi due to deliver the steam turbine generator by the second quarter of 2012.

The $208m biomass project will produce about 400 GWh of energy a year – or about 3% of Nova Scotia's total electricity requirements.

NewPage is responsible for the construction and operation of the cogeneration facility as well as the fuel supply. Biomass is one of Nova Scotia's options for renewable energy, as outlined in the province’s Renewable Electricity Plan.

Due to ecological concerns, only 'stem wood' will be used to make electricity. Tree stumps, tops and branches will not be removed from the forest floor because they're necessary to restore nutrients in the soil.

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