Ontario Power Generation awards biomass contracts at Atikokan

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) said Nov. 22 that it has awarded contracts for the supply of 90,000 tonnes of biomass wood pellets to fuel the Atikokan Generating Station, which is being converted from firing coal to using biomass.

Atikokan Renewable Fuels has been awarded a contract for the supply of 45,000 tonnes of biomass wood pellets. And Resolute Forest Products Canada has been awarded a contract for the supply of 45,000 tonnes of wood pellets.

“This will make a significant economic contribution to northwestern Ontario and help supply the much needed electricity required to position the community and the region for the anticipated mining expansion,” OPG noted. “Over 150 new jobs will be created through the wood pellet supply for the Atikokan GS.”

Ensuring that wood pellets were sourced from suppliers who practice sustainable forestry was part of OPG’s evaluation criteria. Also, OPG said it is issuing a Request for Indicative Pricing (RFIP) for transportation of the wood pellets by truck from the fuel suppliers to the Atikokan GS.

With over 200 MW of capacity, Atikokan GS will be the largest 100% biomass-fueled plant in North America and will generate renewable, dispatchable, peak capacity power, OPG added. The conversion of the station from coal to biomass wood pellets will create about 200 construction jobs and help to protect existing jobs at the plant.

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