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Harmac to Build Biomass-Fired Electrical Generation Plant at B.C. Mill

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Nanaimo Forest Products, owner of the Harmac pulp mill in British Columbia, Canada, is building an electrical generation plant at the mill. The company reached a 15-yr deal with B.C. Hydro to produce 25 MW of power at the mill, enough electricity to light 17,000 homes.

Wood biomass will be used to generate steam that will power the generator. The power generation plant is expected to cost $45 million and take 18 months to build. Levi Sampson, president of Nanaimo Forest Products, said the company plans to begin construction of the new generation plant immediately. The company will cover all costs of the project, and will use $27 million in federal funding it received under the federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. Some 85 construction and technical jobs will be created during the construction.


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