April 7, 2010
Source: Northland Power Income Fund
Northland Power Income Fund said that its Thorold cogeneration facility completed all tests required to achieve commercial operations under its Power Purchase Agreement with the Ontario Power Authority and has assumed operational control of the facility. Northland is currently awaiting confirmation from the OPA that the facility satisfied the OPA's test requirements and can commence full commercial operations.
The Thorold facility was built by V. K. Mason, a subsidiary of Kiewit Construction Co. of Omaha, Nebraska.
The highly-efficient and clean 265 MW natural-gas-fired combined cycle cogeneration plant is located adjacent to the AbitibiBowater recycled newsprint mill. Under the terms of the 20-year PPA, the Thorold facility will supply an average annual capacity of approximately 236 MW of power to the Ontario power grid. In addition to providing capacity to the OPA, the facility will supply the mill with electricity and steam under a 20-year energy supply agreement.