US biomass cogen plant goes on market

A recently built biomass cogeneration plant in the US is up for sale, local news site The Columbian reports.

The 20 MW plant (pictured) in Port Angeles, in the western state of Washington, has provided power and heat for a paper mill owned by Nippon Paper Industries USA since 2013. The company’s website says the plant generates 170 GWh of power per year at 69% thermal efficiency, and runs for 355 days of the year, with two planned maintenance outages.  

Fuel for the inclined grate biomass boiler comes from 155,000 tonnes of locally-sourced waste wood.

Together, the plant and mill have now been put up for sale by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance, which is seeking a buyer that will continue to operate both. 

The mill produces 100,000 tonnes of specialty lightweight paper per year. 

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