Construction starts to convert coal-fired power plant to use biomass

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) on Oct. 12 said work is underway to convert its 211 MW coal-fired Atikokan Generating Station in northwestern Ontario to use biomass.

OPG said the Atikokan conversion project includes plant modifications as well as the construction of a fuel storage and handling system to repower the plant from coal to biomass fuel. The converted Atikokan station will have an installed capacity of more than 200 MW when the conversion project is completed in 2014.

OPG said all of its thermal plants will stop using coal by the end of 2014.

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