The nonprofit East Texas Electric Cooperative has partnered with local logging operations to successfully develop a new a biomass plant, the Woodville Renewable Power Project, according to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Gemma Power Systems, LLC completed construction of 49.9 MW Woodville Renewable Power Project, completing testing and turning over the plant to ETEC for commercial operation, three months ahead of schedule.
"The Gemma team worked in close partnership with our customer ETEC to bring this project in on budget and 3 months ahead of schedule," said Gemma Power Systems CEO William F. Griffin, Jr.
The plant is fueled by chipped wood waste, a byproduct of logging operations, to generate electricity. Loggers deliver about 35 loads of wood chips to the plant each week, which are used along with recycled water from a local municipal wastewater treatment plant to create steam, NRECA reported.
The plant also features a Shin Nippon steam turbine generator and a Riley Power advanced stoker boiler with integrated air quality control system (AQCS), according to a project summary posted by Gemma. The AQCS features Riley’s patented Multi-Pollutant Catalytic Reactor (MPCR) for low NOx, CO and VOC emissions control. The plant fuel handling system consists of two truck tippers, fuel hoggers, 30-day storage, two under-pile reclaim conveyors, two plant feed conveyors and two portable fuel hoppers.
"Woodville Renewable has contributed greatly to the local economy and will continue to do so throughout its operational life," said ETEC Chief Financial Officer Ryan Thomas. "It will also help insulate ETEC and its distribution co-op members from wholesale market price swings."